Diving deep into Claude Debussy
by Tim Pfaff
Debussy rarely composed in standard forms, but that it was a choice is borne out in the mastery of the quartet and late sonatas. The Jerusalem Quartet's ear-opening performance of his only string quartet (paired with Ravel's) is the most edgy, enthralling, propulsive, frequently wrenching yet magnetically involving account of the piece I've ever heard. The ensemble Quatuor Debussy revels in the composer's influence on jazz, and jazz on him, in bracingly original performances of 10 preludes in arrangements performed with jazz artists of note.
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