Eternal Stories | Erato 9029583956

Eternal Stories


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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029583956

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 5th May 2017



Quatuor Ebene
Michel Portal (clarinet, bandoneon)
Xavier Tribolet (keyboard)
Richard Hery (drums)


Boisseau, Adrien

It was nice living here

Colombet, Pierre

City Birds

Magadure, Gabriel le

Plus l'Temps

Merlin, Raphael

Le Corbillon

Piazzolla, Astor

Tango Sensations (5) for bandoneon and string quartet
» I Asleep
» III Anxiety
» II Loving

Portal, Michel

Eternal Story
» Judy Garland
» Solitudes

Tribolet, Xavier



Quatuor Ebene
Michel Portal (clarinet, bandoneon)
Xavier Tribolet (keyboard)
Richard Hery (drums)


The New York Times has described the French ensemble Quatuor bne as a string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band and its recordings of Haydn, Bartk, Brahms and Schubert have been praised all over the world. Michel Portal and the bne first played together in Paris in 2013, where Piazzollas compositions were also on the programme, prompting Le Monde to speak of a significant lesson, a superb encounter, a real conversation.

Eternal Stories might just turn out to be one of the best albums that Portal has ever recorded. He could well have been thinking of his beloved Charlie Parker, who in 1949 realised his dream of making a recording with a string section. Eternal Stories is not some kind of attempt at a remake, but comprises completely new pieces and two new arrangements of classic Portal numbers, a late work by Piazzolla and astonishing contributions from members of Quatuor bne itself.

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