Debussy, Ravel: String Quartets, Clair De Lune / Guarneri

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Guarneri Quartet. RCA Silver Seal 60909-2 [with Ravel: Quartet in F; Debussy: Suite bergamasque (Alexis Weissenberg, piano)].

The Guarneri Quartet’s 1973 recording, sounding a little wooly but nonetheless quite lovely on CD, conveys the music with endearing sweetness and warmth. No group has ever gotten closer to the spirit of Debussy’s slow movement, or more beautifully captured its fragrant atmosphere and attenuated, almost heartbreaking sentiment. First violinist Arnold Steinhardt is exquisite here, and the group’s playing overall is remarkably polished. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: RCA60909

  • UPC: 090266090921

  • Label: RCA

  • Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Guarneri String Quartet

  • Performer: Alexis Weissenberg