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date: 22 October 2019

Calvet Quartetlocked

  • Tully Potter

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French string quartet. It was founded in Paris in 1919 by Joseph Calvet (b Toulouse, 8 Oct 1897; d Paris, 4 May 1984), Georges Mignot, Léon Pascal and Paul Mas. Mignot and Pascal had previously played in Marcel Chailley's quartet. In 1928 the ensemble gave its first Beethoven cycle at the instigation of Nadia Boulanger. In 1929 Daniel Guilevitch replaced Mignot and during the 1930s the Calvet Quartet was considered to be among the world's finest, hailed for its performances and recordings of both the modern French and the Classical repertories. In 1940 it was disbanded and Guilevitch emigrated to the USA, where as Daniel Guilet he led the Guilet Quartet and (from 1952) Toscanini's NBC SO. In 1955 he founded the Beaux Arts Trio. In 1941 Pascal founded his eponymous quartet, which after the war became the official ensemble of the French Radio and made many records. In ...

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