Debussy: Piano Music Volume 4


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Debussy: Piano Music Volume 4



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31st March 2008




81 minutes


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Debussy: Piano Music Volume 4


Études pour piano (12) (complete)

Etude retrouvée


6 Epigraphes antiques

Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon

Noriko Ogawa (piano)



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This well-filled disc also includes a rarely heard 13th étude, the Étude retrouvée discovered only in 1977. Another late work is Six Épigraphes antiques. These short pieces originated as musical renderings of six poems from Pierre Louÿ’s collection Chansons de Bilitis, purportedly translations of ancient Greek texts by a Greek courtesan. Originally written for two pianos, the Épigraphes were later arranged for a single player by the composer himself. The remaining pieces on the disc come from opposite ends of Debussy’s career. Intermède is the piano version of a movement from his Piano Trio No. 1 from 1880, while Les Soirs illumines from 1917 is Debussy’s last completed work, written as a token of gratitude to his coal merchant, a Monsieur Tronquin, for having provided the household with precious fuel during the wartime winters.

Claude Debussy: 12 Etudes

No. 1. Pour les cinq doigts (For the five fingers)

No. 2. Pour les tierces (For thirds)

No. 3. Pour les quartes (For fourths)

No. 4. Pour les sixtes (For sixths)

No. 5. Pour les octaves (For octaves)

No. 6. Pour les huit doigts (For eight fingers)

No. 7. Pour les degres chromatiques (For chromatic steps)

No. 8. Pour les agrements (For ornaments)

No. 9. Pour les notes repetees (For repeated notes)

No. 10. Pour les sonorites opposees (For opposing sonorities)

No. 11. Pour les arpeges composes (For written arpeggios)

No. 12. Pour les accords (For chords)

Claude Debussy: Etude retrouvee

Etude retrouvee

Claude Debussy: Intermede (arr. of Piano Trio No. 1: II. Scherzo-Intermezzo)

Intermede (arr. of Piano Trio No. 1: II. Scherzo-Intermezzo)

Claude Debussy: 6 Epigraphes antiques (arr. for piano)

I. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'ete

II. Pour un tombeau sans nom

III. Pour que la nuit soit propice

IV. Pour la danseuse aux crotales

V. Pour l'Egyptienne

VI. Pour remercier la pluie au matin

Claude Debussy: Les soirs illumines par l'ardeur du charbon

Les soirs illumines par l'ardeur du charbon

Gramophone Magazine

September 2008

“All Ogawa's performances are scrupulously worked, considered and clarified.”

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