FÉLICIEN DAVID (1810-1876): String Quartets No. 1 in F Minor, No. 2 in A and No. 4 in E Minor (unfinished).
Catalogue Number: 04N039
Reference: AM 206
Description: An impressive and interesting seven pages of notes by two different writers, tells us much about David's youth, St-Simonian connections and slew of "Oriental" works inspired by and making use of Arabic music. But then, the quartets, which have nothing to with all that but are instead in the Germanic quartet tradition of early Beethoven and Schubert. Gorgeous pieces too; lovely melodies, a really infectious folk-music finale in No. 2. And you come away with a better appreciation of David and the desire to hear more. Quatuor Cambini-Paris.