“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,” Debussy proclaimed to Ravel after hearing his Quartet in F major. With its quickly changing sonorities, frequent juxtapositions of mood and tempo, and continually evolving themes, it is much in the character of an improvisation for quartet, a free rhapsody for four instruments joined by some magical centripetalism into an extraordinarily satisfying whole.

Ravel: Quartet in F major for Strings

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Recorded live in Alice Tully Hall on March 19, 2017