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Quatuor Ebene – Brazil (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48kHz | Time – 01:06:44 minutes | 799 MB | Genre: Classical , Bossa Nova
Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | © Erato/Warner Classics
Recorded: Studio Davout, Paris – 20-25.VIII & 28-30.XI. 2013

The New York Times has described the Ebènes as “a string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band”, and it’s true that the innovative young ensemble is as riveting in Ravel (2009 Gramophone Recording of the Year) as in sophisticated arrangements of pop and film music.
They continue to surprise with a new album inspired by the irresistible rhythms of Brazil. But the Ebène Quartet don’t stop at Jobim, the father of bossa nova; they found echoes of bossa and samba where you would least expect them — resulting in their own arrangements of the Michael Jackson hit I Can’t Help It and Sting’s Fragile, among others. “We are always fascinated by the links between apparently unconnected pieces of music as we explore different aesthetic worlds,” cellist Raphaël Merlin explains.
To that end, the intrepid French foursome invited American jazz chanteuse Stacey Kent to lend her light yet soulful vocals to the album — “a dazzling woman with a radiant voice and a great lover of Brazilian music, who welcomed us into her world,” enthuses violist Mathieu Herzog. She is joined by the iconic French singer Bernard Lavilliers, himself an adventurer “whose name is synonymous with the rhythms and scents of Latin culture”.
Even with songs in English, French and Portuguese — and a Brazilian choir and percussionists joining the fray — the Ebènes’ impassioned, nuanced playing comes to the fore in moments for the quartet alone: a detour to Argentina with Piazzolla’s Libertango and a joyous rendition of the theme from Terry Gilliam’s celebrated film Brazil.
“When someone mentions quartets and chamber music, this isn’t normally what comes to mind,” says Lavilliers. “These four are anything but fixed in their ways, and they’re completely mad about Latin music — and other kinds of music as well.”

Tracklist:
1. O’gringo 07:32
(Music & Lyrics: Bernard Lavilliers)
2. So Nice 04:25
(Music & Lyrics: Marcos Valle/ Paulo Valle /Adaptation: Norman Gimbel)
3. I Can’t Help It 04:20
(Music : Stevie Wonder /Lyrics: Susaye Greene)
4. Ana Maria 06:10
(Music : Wayne Shorter)
5. Fragile 04:02
(Music & Lyrics : Sting)
6. Guitar Song 04:30
(Music & Lyrics: Bernard Lavilliers)
7. Àguas De Marcos 03:39
(Music & Lyrics: Tom Jobim)
8. Bebê 03:43
(Music: Hermeto Pasquale)
9. The Ice Hotel 05:35
(Music & Lyrics : Jim Tomlinson, Kazuo Ishiguro)
10. Salomé 04:32
(Music & Lyrics : Bernard Lavilliers)
11. Libertango 06:40
(Music : Astor Piazzolla)
12. Smile 04:16
(Music : Charlie Chaplin / Lyrics : Geoffrey Parsons, John Turner)
13. Brazil 07:19
(Music : Pierre Colombet/Gabriel Le Magadure/Mathieu Herzog/Raphaël Merlin, on a theme by Ary Barroso /
Lyrics : Bob Russell)

Personnel:
Pierre Colombet violin
Gabriel Le Magadure violin
Mathieu Herzog viola
Raphaël Merlin cello
&
Stacey Kent voice (2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12)
Bernard Lavilliers voice (1, 6, 10)
Marcos Valle voice (7)
Jim Tomlinson soprano saxophone (3, 7, 9) & tenor saxophone (2, 12)
Mino Cinelu triangle, udu (1), udu, shaker, triangle, doriadjem (5), self made-batucada :
maricata, udu grande, banbele, cuicas, caisses claires, shakers, bigger shakers, surdos & surdo timbaus,
ripinique, tiboas, tamborins, jingles, tirga, hand clappings, bells, forks, cans,… (13)
Richard Hery drums (1-7, 9-13); Shaker, triangle (1), potée auvergnate (6)
Philippe Faurie guitar (2, 10)
Stéphane Logerot bass (13)
Rémi Rière guitar (1)
Brazil choir (13) : Aris, Fred Charbaut, Ophélia Claude, Eléonore Denarié, François Gapihan, Emmanuel
Gross, Negar Haeri, Donatienne Hantin, Alain Herriau, Alexandra Jouannié, Pierre-Martin Juban,
François Lacharme, Alexandre Lacour, Alain Lanceron, Alix Le Saux, Jérôme Legrand, Marie
Lhomme, Julien Massol, Hélène Merlin, Guenael Mettraux, Maria Mosconi, Constance Ronzatti, Jeanine
Roze, Marion Tassou, Akiko Yamamoto.
Brazil string orchestra (13) : Jin-Hi Paik, Alexandre Pascal, Fanny Gallois, Alexandra Jouannié,
Eléonore Denarié, Constance Ronzatti, Marie Lhomme, Jérôme Legrand, Lise Bertaud, Maria Mosconi,
Issey Nadaud, Emmanuel Gross, Julien Massol, Alexandre Lacour.

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