JEAN RIVIER (1896-1987): String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2, CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918): String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10.
Catalogue Number: 01X044
Description: Rivier led a low-key life, "no scandals, no highfalutin titles," according to a 1972 magazine article. Perhaps that's why his name has largely disappeared from the scene - even though he was successful with his compositions early on. He wrote more than 200 works of almost all genres; and although he remained committed to a neoclassical aesthetic throughout his life, his oeuvre is extremely diverse and varied. This is also reflected in the two quartets from 1924 and 1940. Masterly architecture, complex contrapuntal voice leading, richness of contrast and strong emotions characterize Rivier's works. Mandelring Quartet.