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Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Pierre Boulez: Excerpts from Livre pour quatuor

Ravel: String Quartet in F major

There’s no one better than a local to show you the way around: good advice for travelers, and just as useful for listeners. The Parisii Quartet, formed in 1984 by four graduates of the Paris Conservatoire, has made a specialty of revealing the elegance, precision, and wit of French chamber music to listeners around the globe.

As with many masterworks, Debussy’s only String Quartet was greeted quizzically at its 1893 premiere, but it quickly became a repertoire staple—and an inspiration for Maurice Ravel, who produced his only quartet a decade later. In an atypical moment of self-doubt Ravel begged an assessment from Debussy, who responded, “In the name of the gods of music, and in mine, do not touch a single note of what you have written in your Quartet.”

The program also includes a rare performance of movements from Pierre Boulez’ Livre pour quatuor, a stunning achievement from the mid-20th-century.

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