The Ad Libitum Quartet are from Romania. Their ensemble and intonation are perfect, their tone is silken and they give a wonderfully expressive and beautifully characterized account of Fauré’s elusive late String Quartet—one of the best we have ever heard and one of the best in the catalogue. It is recorded in the Moldava Philharmonic Hall in Iasi and in very natural and lifelike.
"Ravel wrote has quartet, his first important piece of chamber music, in 1903 and dedicated it to Gabriel Fauré. 20 years later Fauré wrote his first and only string quartet, and it turned out to be his very last piece. The Ad Libitum is the resident quartet of the Moldova Philharmonic in Iasi, Romania. Their playing is beautiful. I am perfectly at peace listening to their Ravel, and while I am listening, I imagine no other Ravel quartet recording could possibly be this good."
"The musicians capture the youthful freshness of Ravel's blossoming melodies with grace and charm, while their precision in the interlocking pizzicatos of the scherzo reveals it as the sort of musical clockwork in which the composer delighted. The musicians are just as comfortable withthis quiet, elusive music [of Faure] as they are with Ravel's extroverted style, savoring its languorous glow. This budget-priced disc offers a great opportunity to get to know Faure's valedictory work, with the bonus of a bracing perspective on the Ravel."