Russian Generations 3 (2009)

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev

RUYSDAEL QUARTET

After the successful releases of parts 1 and 2 (being named “CD of the month” by Dutch Radio and a praiseful review in Strad magazine), the Ruysdael Quartet continue their journey with part 3 of their Russian Generations series. The new recor- ding features the third string quartets of Tchaikovsky and Gabriel Prokofiev, as well as the magnificent Sonata for two violins by Sergei Prokofiev.

Tchaikovsky’s third quartet is a rarely-performed masterpiece with one of the most overwhelmingly emotional slow movements the composer ever wrote. This is juxtaposed by Sergei Prokofievs op. 56, a dialogue which alternates between unabashed virtuo- sic one-upmanship and intimate murmurings. Gabriel Prokofiev’s third quartet, like its predecessors, is a thrilling work with a gripping rhythmical drive. 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 masterclasses, resulting in perfor- mances not only in Europe but also in Australia and the USA.

The Ruysdael Quartet received a full scholarship to attend the ‘In- ternational 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 Com- petition 2001 in Bordeaux. In March 2002 they received the Press Prize and the AVRO Prize in the ‘Vriendenkrans’ compe- tition 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.

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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 3 (2009)

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev

RUYSDAEL QUARTET

    Opus Klassiek april 2012

Net als in de vorige twee uitgaven valt het zorgvuldig afgewerkte spel van dit kwartet op door de prachtig gedoseerde toepassing van verschillende gradaties van vibrato. Het desolate karakter van het langzame deel van Tsjaikovski’s Derde kwartet, Andante funebre e doloroso, krijgt door het non-vibrato spel van deze musici een extra indringende lading. Net als de vorige twee afleveringen is deze cd opgenomen voor het label Cobra, en heeft opnameleider en labelchef Tom Peeters voor een doorzichtige, natuurgetrouwe en warme kwartetklank gezorgd.

Siebe Riedstra[read full review]

    NRC 16 febr 2012

"Mede dankzij speels en trefzeker spel vervelen de ritmische herhalingen van Gabriel Prokofjev nooit. De Sonate voor twee violen van Sergei Prokofjev krijgt een delicate en detailrijke uitvoering. Maar het kwartet kan ook mooi uitpakken: Tsjaikovski’s Derde strijkkwartet loopt regelmatig over van ongeremde hartstochtelijkheid."

Floris Don

Russian Generations 3 (2009)

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev

RUYSDAEL QUARTET

Digital Converters: DCS 904AD / 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: Renswoude, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Quartet No.3 - Andante sostenuto _ Allegro moderato
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Quartet No.3 - Allegretto vivo e scherzando
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Quartet No.3 - Finale. Allegro non troppo e risoluto
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Sonata for Two Violins - Andante cantabile
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Sonata for Two Violins - Allegro
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Sonata for Two Violins - Commodo quasi Allegretto
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Sonata for Two Violins - Allegro con brio
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Quartet No.3 - Swisted
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Quartet No.3 - A-turner
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Quartet No.3 - Andan-lang
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Quartet No.3 - Spesso Fragile
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