St. Petersburg String Quartet: Debussy And Ravel
1. Debussy: Animé et très décidé; 2. Debussy: Assez vif et bien rythmé; 3. Debussy: Andantino, doucement expressif; 4. Debussy: Très modéré: Très mouvementé et avec passion; 5. Ravel: Allegro Moderato: Très doux; 6. Ravel: Assez vif: Très rythmé; 7. Ravel: Très lent; 8. Ravel: Vif et Agité; 9. Debussy: Golliwog's Cakewalk
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Maurice Ravel’s (1875-1937) string quartets are their first attempts into the world of chamber music, and their only compositions for string quartet. Both works are representative of their artistry in their formative years. Many similarities can be found in the comparison of their music as Debussy composed his quartet in 1893 and Ravel, admiring Debussy’s, was inspired to compose one himself in 1902-3. Both were met with harsh criticism from conservative musical circles and received mixed reactions when premiered.