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The Raphael Ensemble
“Completed after the First Piano Concerto, but still comparatively early works, the Sextets are typified by lush textures, ardent emotion, and wonderfully memorable melodic lines. The first is the warmer, more heart-on-the-sleeve piece, balancing with complete naturalness a splendidly lyrical first movement, an urgent, dark set of intricate variations, a lively rustic dance of a Scherzo, and a placidly flowing finale. The second inhabits at first a more mysterious world of half-shadows, occasionally rent by glorious moments of sunlight. The finale, however, casts off doubt and ends with affirmation. Both works are very susceptible to differing modes of interpretation, and the Raphael Ensemble has established distinctive views of each, allowing the richness of the texture its head without obscuring the lines, and selecting characteristically distinct tone qualities to typify the two works.
The recording is clear and analytic without robbing the sound of its warmth and depth. An impressive recording début for this ensemble.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
Contents and Reviews
ContentsString Sextet No.1 in B flat major Op 18
String Sextet No.2 in G major Op 36
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