Russian Generations 2 (2009)

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev

RUYSDAEL QUARTET

After the successful release of part 1 in December 2008, the Ruysdael Quartet continue their journey with part 2 of their Russian Generations series. The new recording features all second string quartets by Tchaikovsky, Sergei and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Tchaikovsky’s second quartet is a seldom performed mas- terpiece with one of the most intensely personal slow move- ments the composer ever wrote. This is juxtaposed by Sergei Prokofievs op. 92, an exhilarating dance-like piece based on Kabardinian folk tunes. Gabriel Prokofievs 2nd quartet, like its predecessor, is a thrilling work with a gripping rhythmical drive. But here the instruments are stretched even further to the extremes of their capabilities, creating a fascinating sound world.

The Ruysdael Quartet was formed in 1996. They studied with the Amadeus Quartet, Hagen Quartet, Quatuor Mosaïques and over a two-year period with the Alban Berg Quartet at the “Hochschule für Musik”, Cologne. Since then they have been regularly invited to take part in festivals and masterclas- ses, resulting in performances not only in Europe but also in Australia and the USA.

The Ruysdael Quartet received a full scholarship to attend the ‘International Chamber Music Academy Prague-Vienna- Budapest’ (‘99-’01) where they won the Bela Bartok Prize (1999), the Alban Berg Prize (2000) and the Tomastik-Infeld Prize (2001) with an invitation to make a recording for the Austrian National Radio.

The quartet were winners of the ‘Charles Hennen Internatio- nal Chamber Music Competition 2000’ in Holland and were awarded the ‘Prix de la SACEM’ at the International String Quartet Competition 2001 in Bordeaux. In March 2002 they received the Press Prize and the AVRO Prize in the ‘Vrien- denkrans’ competition in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. More recently they were recipients of the prestigious “Kers- jes van de Groenekan” Prize, a major musical award in the Netherlands.

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Emi Ohi Resnick violin
Joris van Rijn violin
Gijs Kramers viola
Jeroen den Herder cello

Inspired by the famous Dutch painter Jacob van Ruysdael, known for his impressive landscapes and dramatic skies, the Ruysdael Quartet has become renowned for its intensive playing and nuanced sound palette. The Ruysdael Quartet was formed in 1996. They studied with the Amadeus Quartet, Hagen Quartet, Quatuor Mosaïques and over a two-year period with the Alban Berg Quartet at the “Hochschule für Musik”, Cologne. Since then they have been regularly invited to take part in festivals and masterclasses, resulting in perfor­mances not only in Europe but also in Australia and the USA.
The Ruysdael Quartet received a full scholarship to attend the ‘In­ternational Chamber Music Academy Prague-Vienna- Budapest’ (‘99-’01) where they won the Bela Bartok Prize (1999), the Alban Berg Prize (2000) and the Tomastik-Infeld Prize (2001) with an invitation to make a recording for the Austrian National Radio.

The quartet were winners of the ‘Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition 2000’ in Holland and were awarded the ‘Prix de la SACEM’ at the International String Quartet Com­petition 2001 in Bordeaux. In March 2002 they received the Press Prize and the AVRO Prize in the ‘Vriendenkrans’ compe­tition in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. More recently they were recipients of the prestigious “Kersjes van de Groenekan” Prize, a major musical award in the Netherlands.

Next to performing the classical string quartet repertoire the Ruysdael Quartet are frequently involved in contemporary projects. In 2005 they toured with the eminent Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis with an innovative programme based around his 3rd quartet. In 2006 the Quartet performed both Louis Toebosch’s string quartets and in 2009 Eric Verbugt wrote his “Aufgerichtet untereinander” especially for the quartet. Next to performing the classical 

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Russian Generations 2 (2009)

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev

RUYSDAEL QUARTET

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Deze twee uitgaven (COBRA 0024/0031) zijn door hun originele repertoirkeuze uniek (...). De magie die ontstaat door het ragfijne non-vibrato spel van het Ruysdael Quartet is moeilijk te overtreffen. Zelfs het Borodin Quartet deed dat niet beter.

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Russian Generations 2 (2009)

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev

RUYSDAEL QUARTET

Digital Converters: dCS 904 AD / 954 DA
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Mastering Equipment: KEF Reference series 107
Microphones: B&K 4003, modified by Rens Heijnis
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Doopsgezinde kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Quartet No.2 in F Major op. 22 - Adagio- Moderato assai
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Quartet No.2 in F Major op. 22 - Scherzo - Allegro giusto
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Quartet No.2 in F Major op. 22 - Andante - ma non tanto
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Quartet No.2 in F Major op. 22 - Finale - Allegro con moto
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Quartet No.2 in F Major op. 92 - Allegro sostenuto
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Quartet No.2 in F Major op. 92 - Adagio
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Quartet No.2 in F Major op. 92 - Allegro
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Quartet No.2 - 1st movement
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Quartet No.2 - Strange arp
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Quartet No.2 - Promenade dans le bois
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Quartet No.2 - Geet
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