Debussy: Masques

This page lists all recordings of Masques, by Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918) on CD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Debussy: Solo Piano Music

Debussy: Solo Piano Music


Debussy:

Children's Corner

Suite Bergamasque

Arabesque No. 1

Arabesque No. 2

Pour le piano

Masques

L'isle joyeuse

La plus que lente

Danse - Tarantelle styrienne


Angela Hewitt’s previous forays into the French repertoire have been praised for their ‘tenderness, Gallic wit, verve, and—the most important ingredient of all—charm’. These qualities are very much to the fore in this new disc of Debussy featuring some of the composer’s most sunlit, delightful and popular works.

Children’s Corner was written for Debussy’s beloved daughter (though not, as Hewitt explains, for her to play immediately). Hewitt embraces the music’s wit, artful references and gentle beauty. The atmospheric Suite bergamasque includes the famous ‘Clair de lune’. Also included are the tragic Masques and gorgeously exuberant L’isle joyeuse. Hewitt and Debussy are a perfect match.

“Hewitt’s spectrum of touch, her fluency and sense of colour are deployed with equal enchantment in the first of the two arabesques, her lightness, rhythmic precision and varieties of tonal weight making the second arabesque into a glistening, fanciful filigree...Hewitt brilliantly and sensitively points up the traits that lend the music such distinctive character and evocative presence, not least in an account of “L’Isle joyeuse” that is pure, ravishing radiance.” The Telegraph, 5th October 2012 *****

“There's not a trace of the "impressionistic" about her treatment of any of them: this is Debussy portrayed in clean, bright colours and sharply focused detail, with every rhythm precisely etched...it's undeniably high-class playing, even when you don't agree with some of its details.” The Guardian, 4th October 2012 ****

“This is one of the better offerings for Debussy's 150th anniversary...This generously filled disc finds Hewitt utterly persuasive in the three suites at its heart...Hyperion caputres the sound marvellously. Hewitt has the knack of noticing details without letting them detract from the musical flow...Special mention should be made of 'Clair de lune': it is quite an achievement for its lyrical beauty to be heard afresh.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 *****

“Hewitt has put together an ideal introduction to Debussy, but it’s one that can be enjoyed equally by experienced listeners – thanks to the artless touch and precise colours the Canadian pianist brings to each piece.” Financial Times, 27th October 2012 ****

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Hyperion - CDA67898

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Debussy - Complete Piano Works Volume 5

Debussy - Complete Piano Works Volume 5


Debussy:

Masques

Nocturne

Élégie, L138

Petite Suite

4 hands

with Ami Rogé (piano)

Marche Écossaise

4 hands

with Ami Rogé (piano)

6 Epigraphes antiques

4 hands

with Ami Rogé (piano)

En blanc et noir

2 pianos

with Ami Rogé (piano)

Lindaraja

2 pianos

with Ami Rogé (piano)


Pascal Rogé (piano)

For the final volume in his Debussy edition for ONYX, Pascal Roge is joined by his wife Ami in a collection of works for piano 4 hands and for 2 pianos.

Since the release of Volume 1 Preludes I & II in 2005, Roge’s recordings of Debussy have been received with critical acclaim. He is the quintessential interpreter for this repertoire.

“The most engaging is the Petite Suite, delivered with a buoyant, rippling touch to bring out its warmth and charm.” The Independent, 2nd September 2011 ***

“Here there is spaciousness, an evocation of colour and character, a seemingly effortless precision in the duo works that put this in the front rank of Debussy.” Classical Music, 24th September 2011 ****

“There is no doubting either Rogé's touch, with some spine-tingling textures in the final 'Scherzando' of En blanc et noir, and evocative eeriness in 'Pour l'Egyptienne' from the Epigraphes antiques.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 **

“The masterpiece here is En blanc et noir...The Roges revel in its many nuances and the glistening sonorities of the textures” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

Onyx Debussy Piano Works - ONYX4059

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Debussy: Piano Music

Debussy: Piano Music


Debussy:

Masques

D'un cahier d'esquisses

L'isle joyeuse

Images pour piano - Books 1 & 2

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Children's Corner


Steven Osborne’s unerring command of the elusive ambiguities of Debussy’s piano-writing has already been amply confirmed by his earlier recording of the two books of Préludes; these lustrous new accounts of the Images, Estampes and Children’s Corner are every bit their equal.

“here Osborne’s phrasing and pacing is pure and poetic, as well as raptly atmospheric in ‘The Snow is Dancing’ and it finishes with a deliciously louche cake-walk.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2017 ****

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Debussy: Piano Works, Vol. 2

Debussy: Piano Works, Vol. 2


Debussy:

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Masques

Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon

La plus que lente

Children's Corner

Pour le piano


Jacopo Salvatori (piano)

OnClassical - OC161LR

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Gilles Vonsattel: Shadowlines

Gilles Vonsattel: Shadowlines


Benjamin, G:

Shadowlines, Six Canonic Preludes For Piano (2001)

Debussy:

D'un cahier d'esquisses

L'isle joyeuse

Masques

Préludes - Book 2: No. 12, Feux d’artifice

Messiaen:

Quatre Études de rythme

Prelude No. 6 ' Cloches d'angoisse et larmes d'adieu'

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K3 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K54 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K502 in C major

Webern:

Variations, Op. 27


Gilles Vonsattel (piano)

This recital album is Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel’s second studio recording on the Honens label. The 2009 Honens Laureate built the recording around George Benjamin’s ‘Shadowlines’ - the composer’s 2001 large scale work for piano. The album also includes works by Debussy, Messiaen, Scarlatti and Webern.

“a great recital, like the one captured on this mesmerizing disc by the immensely talented pianist Gilles Vonsattel, is more than the sum of its parts. With intelligence and imagination he traces a path from the proud soliloquies of Scarlatti’s sonatas to the doubt-riddled monologues of Webern’s Variations and George Benjamin’s “Shadowlines".” New York Times, 25th November 2015

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Debussy: Suite Bergamasque and other works

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque and other works


Debussy:

Suite Bergamasque

Danse - Tarantelle styrienne

Arabesques (2)

Pour le piano

L'isle joyeuse

Masques


DG - 4295172

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Debussy: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3

Debussy: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3


Debussy:

Suite Bergamasque

Pour le piano

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Children's Corner

Le petit nègre

Masques

Danse bohemienne


Naxos Classical Archives - 981081

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Reinis Zarins: Circus & Magic

Reinis Zarins: Circus & Magic


Bloch, E:

Circus Pieces (4)

Debussy:

Masques

Préludes - Book 2: No. 12, Feux d’artifice

Ligeti:

Étude No. 10 'Der Zauberlehrling'

Prokofiev:

Cinderella - Three Pieces for Piano, Op. 95

Stravinsky:

Three Movements from Petrushka


Reinis Zarins (piano)

London‐based pianist Reinis Zarins makes his debut recording for Champs Hill Records with ‘Circus and Magic’. Born in Riga in 1985, he is a prize‐winner in eleven international piano competitions and performs regularly with leading orchestras in Latvia for broadcast on national radio and TV, and has been recognized with national awards. He has performed at the Lucerne Festival, Bath Musicfest and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Ernest Bloch, essentially a romantic composer torn between his natural instincts and modernist trends, produced his character sketches The Four Circus Pieces for private performance but was eventually persuaded to publish them. One is dedicated to “the sad and ever‐comprehending Charlie Chaplin” whom Bloch admired. He sent the music to Chaplin, himself a skillful composer, but received no reply.

Included on this album are three pieces by Debussy, including his firework display in Feux d’Artifice, a fantastic display of inventive piano‐writing, and Masques , inspired by the Commedia dell'arte as painted by Watteau - a blend of joy and pathos. Marguerite Long, who studied with Debussy, wrote: “I hear Masques - a tragedy for piano one might call it - as a sort of transparency of Debussy's character … He was torn with poignant feelings which he preferred to mask with irony”.

Three Pieces from Prokofiev’s ballet music for Cinderella follow: Intermezzo creates wonderful imagery of the Waltz guests danced to at the ball; Gavotte - played during a scene in which Cinderella takes a broom as her dancing partner; and Slow Waltz, the penultimate number in the full ballet, which is played as the Prince and Cinderella dance together in an enchanted garden. Even when divorced from their orchestral colour, these pieces still possess a strong tactile feeling and a sense of wonderment.

Ligeti's eighteen Études have become modern classics. Étude No.10 (Der Zauberlehrling) dates from 1994 and is named after the celebrated Goethe poem which inspired Dukas to write his symphonic poem/scherzo The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

This recital disc concludes with Three Pieces from Petrushka by Stravinsky arranged in 1921 from the 1911 original, and dedicated to Arthur Rubinstein. Danse Russe is taken from the music in Tableau One to which Petrushka and the other puppets dance after being brought to life, and is followed by In Petrushka’s Room. The Shrovetide Fair, with its evocation of a teeming crowd, completes the set. With these pieces, Stravinsky stated his intention of writing something essentially pianistic ‐ in no way an imitation of the sound of the orchestral score.

“the Ligeti is a delight, beginning with needle-sharp precision and culminating in Mediterranean warmth. Zarins's Prokofiev is nicely idiomatic, and his performance of Petrushka is one of the most charming accounts of this work I have ever heard.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 ***

Champs Hill Records - CHRCD048

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Hommage à Debussy: Works for Piano Vol. 3

Hommage à Debussy: Works for Piano Vol. 3


Debussy:

L'isle joyeuse

Estampes (3) (Complete)

D'un cahier d'esquisses

Morceau de concours

Masques

Préludes - Book 2 (12, complete)


Chenyin Li (piano)

The works are performed by the the brilliant young Chinese pianist Chenyin Li.

The CD includes L’Isle joyeuse and the second book of Préludes.

Each piece is finely chiselled and full of colour.

Genuin Hommage à Debussy - GEN12228

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Le Tombeau de Debussy

Le Tombeau de Debussy


Bartók:

Sostenuto, rubato

Debussy:

Images pour piano - Book 2

D'un cahier d'esquisses

Masques

L'isle joyeuse

Dukas:

La plainte, au loin, du faune...

Falla:

Homenaje a Debussy

Malipiero:

A Claudio Debussy

Ravel:

Jeux d'eau

Roussel:

L'accueil des muses

Satie:

Avant Dernières Pensées: Idylle

Schmitt, F:

Et Pan, au fond des blés lunaires, s'accouda

Stravinsky:

Symphonies of Wind Instruments: fragment


Randall Love (piano)

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