Ravel & Mendelssohn Quatuor Morphing

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Label: Klarthe

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Classical Crossover

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  • Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937): Quatuor en Fa Majeur, Op. 35:
  • 1I. Allegro moderato08:02
  • 2II. Assez vif, très rythmé06:23
  • 3III. Très lent08:28
  • 4IV. Vif et agité04:58
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 - 1847): Quatre pièces pour quatuor à cordes, Op. 81:
  • 5I. Thème et variations05:54
  • 6II. Scherzo03:30
  • 7III. Capriccio05:33
  • 8IV. Fugue05:19
  • Total Runtime48:07

Info for Ravel & Mendelssohn

„I wanted to create an instrument that, by the character of it’s voice, was similar to string instruments, but with a great deal more force and intensity."

The essence of this first recording by Quatuor Morphing, transcriptions of works for string quartet, is contained in this short text proposed by Adolphe Sax in the patent documents for the saxophone.

It is the polymorphic aspect of the instrument’s timbre, between that of the strings, woodwinds and the brass, which makes possible infinite expressivities and aesthetics, and which makes possible and legitimate a whole world of transcriptions.

From the Paris Conservatoire where the group gained a wealth of experience in numerous international competitions and concerts, the Quatuor Morphing has progressively constructed an artistic identity around the idea of transcription as an opportunity for a saxophonistic challenge. This recording shows the group meeting this challenge with aplomb.

Morphing Quartet
Christophe Grèzes, soprano saxophone
Eddy Lopez, alto saxophone
Anthony Malkoun-Henrion, tenor saxophone
Matthieu Delage, baritone saxophone

Quatuor Morphing
May 2011, these four friends won the first prize at the prestigious Chamber Music Competition in Osaka. This international success allowed them to perform in 15 concerts in Japan in autumn 2012 (Izumi Hall, Tsuda Hall , Beppu University ... ), as well as in numerous festivals in France and abroad: Concerts de Poche, Festival Pablo Casals, Musique d'un siècle, les Musicales de Wesserling, les Grandes Heures de St Emilion, l'Eure poétique et Musicale, les Mélusicales, Val d' Aulnay ...

The Morphing Quartet also won the first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition of Illzach. With the technical excellence of the greatest string quartets, the quartet Morphing reveals unsuspected musical skills of the saxophone through their transcriptions.

The musical complicity of these chamber musics is at the service of an eclectic and ambitious program: Mendelssohn and Grieg alongside Ligeti and Tanada through Piazzola and Mike Mower. From Baroque to Romanticism, from Contemporary music to Tango, the audience comes out of the concert with the joy of discovering these new and original sounds of the instruments of Mr. Sax.

Morphing is the artistic process that combines two photos to create a new and unique image. These saxophonists offer us the "Sound Morphing" of their respective musicalities.

Booklet for Ravel & Mendelssohn

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