Saint-Georges: Six Concertante Quartets

Saint-Georges: Six Concertante Quartets

8.574360 (Naxos Records, CD)

FIRST RELEASE (27 May 2022)

Playing time: 52'43"
Tracks: 12
Booklet pages: 6
℗ 2022 Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd
© 2022 Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd
Main country of recording: United States of America
Country of manufacture: Germany
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Saint-Georges: Six Concertante Quartets published on 2 June 2022

Arabella String Quartet:
Julie Eskar, violin 1 (tracks 1-6), violin 2 (tracks 7-12)
Sarita Kwok, violin 1 (tracks 7-12), violin 2 (tracks 1-6)
Ettore Causa, viola
Alexandre Lecarme, cello

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799):

Six Concertante Quartets (1777)

No 1 in B flat
1 Allegro assai
2 Gratioso

No 2 in G minor
3 Adagio
4 Aria andantino

No 3 in C
5 Allegro
6 Rondeau: Moderato

No 4 in F
7 Allegro
8 Rondeau

No 5 in G
9 Allegro assai
10 Gratioso

No 6 in B flat
11 Allegro
12 Aria con variazione

Recorded 14-15 June 2021 at Fraser Performance Studio, WGBH, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

A brilliant swordsman, athlete, violin virtuoso and composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges might well lay claim to being the most talented figure in an age of remarkable individuals. The string quartet was still in its infancy in France in the 1770s, but while these pieces are small in scale they are exceptionally rewarding. Saint-Georges appreciated the intimate nature of this genre, avoiding overt soloistic virtuosity and exploring chamber music timbres, amply demonstrating his rich lyrical gifts and a natural ability to delight performers and audiences alike.