The String Quartet
Charles Koechlin (1867-1951) – Second String Quartet, opus 57 (1915)
- Adagio, 2. Scherzo. Allegro con fuoco, 3. Quasi adagio,
- Finale. Allegro moderato
Performed by: Ardeo Quartet
Album: Ar Ré-Sé
Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1942) – First String Quartet (1917/19)
- Modéré, 2. Intermède, 3. Vif
Performed by: Leipziger Streichquartett
Charles Koechlin’s Second String Quartet is his most extensive. In the year of composition, 1915, France was in the midst of the First World War and Alsace perhaps even more so, as part of the battle was related to it. Koechlin must have sensed this and could only react in two ways, either in great anger or by emphatically seeking the light. The latter suited his character better, according to Koechlin in his autobiography.
With the short string quartet from 1917/19 by Germaine Tailleferre, we stay in the same atmosphere as Koechlin’s music. This music is just as classically and clearly composed as it is light and transparent in tone.
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