30th May 2019
Jonathan James: Discovering Music
Exploring Ravel’s life and work ahead of the Brodsky Quartet recital
Ravel manages to combine Impressionist colour and fluidity with classical restraint, and his string quartet is a wonderful example of his imaginative writing for strings. It’s an early masterpiece for the composer and a charming, mercurial work for any quartet to play. In this lecture Jonathan James will trace its influences in the works of Wagner, Fauré and Debussy and look at its impact on the genre as a whole.