Both Ravel and Debussy wrote just one string quartet and one piano trio. Both string quartets have been, unusual not to say bold at the time, and still are fascinating examples of the intricate art of writing for four string instruments.
Debussy’s early trio partly is a reconstruction and recomposition premiered as late as 1985. It was written by an 18 year old composer and shows all the signs of his French roots – including his teacher César Franck - and hardly any premonitions of his future style.
Ravel’s slightly academic sounding trio also reflects the influence of his teacher, André Gedalgé.
With Fauré’s Piano Trio added as a bonus this sets gives an interesting overview of French chamber music around the turn of 20th century and during its first decades.