GEORGES DELERUE (1925-1992): String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2, 4 pièces for Clarinet and Piano, Prélude et danse for Oboe and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 06J080
Label: DCM Classique
Description: From his association with the French New Wave to his later years working in Hollywood, Delerue was one of the best-known film score composers of his generation with about 340 scores to his credit in all. He studied with Milhaud, nods to whom are included in the seven-minute oboe piece here and, while three of the four clarinet pieces might be themes one could hear in a soundtrack, the fourth, a dark Elegy and the two string quartets, are pure, abstract music. Dating from 1948, the first quartet has a lot of Ravel and Debussy in its sound. Delerue's own personality may be found in its almost obsessive use of high registers, the opposite of which happens in the 1970 quartet, tougher, more sinewy in its working of motifs. Worth having for collectors of the 20th century tonal string quartet. Claudel-Caminex Quartet, Simon Aldrich (clarinet), Lise Beauchamp (oboe), Sara Laimon (piano).