Quatuor Morphing – Ravel & Mendelssohn (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 48:07 minutes | 820 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Klarthe
„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.
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Quatuor en Fa Majeur, Op. 35
1 I. Allegro moderato 08:02
2 II. Assez vif, très rythmé 06:23
3 III. Très lent 08:28
4 IV. Vif et agité 04:58
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)
Quatre pièces pour quatuor à cordes, Op. 81
5 I. Thème et variations 05:54
6 II. Scherzo 03:30
7 III. Capriccio 05:33
8 IV. Fugue 05:19
Christophe Grèzes, soprano saxophone
Eddy Lopez, alto saxophone
Anthony Malkoun-Henrion, tenor saxophone
Matthieu Delage, baritone saxophone