Debussy: La plus que lente

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Les Sons et les Parfums

Les Sons et les Parfums

Debussy meets Chopin


Chopin:

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Prelude Op. 28 No. 1 in C major

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Debussy:

L'isle joyeuse

Préludes - Book 2: No. 7, La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune

Préludes - Book 1: No. 1, Danseuses de Delphes

La plus que lente

Préludes - Book 1: No. 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir

Études pour piano No. 11 - Pour les arpeges composes

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)


Chopin and Debussy: the connections between them are as numerous as they are subtle, never obvious, yet so very profound. The achievement of Javier Perianes here is to have teased out the artistic thread linking two geniuses who soar high above their respective centuries.

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“As Javier Perianes illustrates, Debussy's piano pieces follow and yet reinvent the contours and colours of the great Polish composer's musical landscape...Perianes plays with a poet's touch throughout and makes us listen anew.” The Observer, 10th November 2013 ****

“this is clever, even if it feels a little like a charming indulgence...Perianes has the range of nuance and colour for both composers, with a warmth of tone and natural rubato. These are beautiful and engaging performances” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****

“He has a splendidly sensitive touch and yet a bright cantabile: the idea combination for this repertoire, I'd say.This is most enjoyable package and the sound is superbly calculated to show off Perianes's carefully chosen repertoire.” International Record Review, February 2014

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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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Debussy: Clair de Lune

Debussy: Clair de Lune

Debussy favourites


Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Arabesque No. 1

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Arabesque No. 2

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

La plus que lente

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Petite Suite

Katia & Marielle Labèque (piano)

Trois Nocturnes

Chœur des femmes de l’Orchestre de Montréal & Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

orch. Caplet

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Préludes - Book 2: No. 7, La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Serenade for the Doll

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

The Snow is dancing (from Children's Corner)

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Nocturne

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 - Andantino doucement expressif

Quatuor Ysaÿe

La plus que lente

orch. Debussy

James Earl Barnes (cimbalom)

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Danses sacrée et profane

Vera Badings (harp)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

orch. Stokowski

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

La Mer

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit


Debussy’s most popular and famous piano piece opens this generously-filled 2-CD programme of piano and orchestral works by the great French composer; Clair de lune is also heard in an orchestral version which opens CD 2.

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Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 3

Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 3


Debussy:

Images for orchestra

Pour le piano: Sarabande

orch. Maurice Ravel

Danse - Tarantelle styrienne

orch. Maurice Ravel

Marche Écossaise

La plus que lente


The music of three nations – Britain, Spain and France – inspired Debussy’s Images for orchestra, which occupied him from 1905 to 1912.

Originally conceived for two pianos (Images I and II for solo piano are on 8.550253), this third set draws on several folk songs in its outer movements, the tripartite middle movement evoking in musical terms Spanish sights, sounds and fragrances.

Vivid orchestrations by both Debussy and Ravel of short piano pieces likewise embrace contrasting moods and national characters.

Volumes 1 (8570759) and 2 (8570993) in this series have been highly praised.

“Jun Märkl persuades his orchestra to extremes of vulgarity and tenderness, which is as it should be in the extraordinary Images. They also catch the ambivalence of mood that marks these pieces...there is much here to enjoy.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ****

“In Jun Märkl’s expert hands one can immediately sense Debussy…[Märkl] magically evokes iridescent textures from which points of sound emerge like piquant sources of light on a canvas. A captivating performance enhanced by four bonus orchestrations.” Classic FM Magazine

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Hungarian Dances

Hungarian Dances


Bartók:

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano)

44 Duos for Two Violins, BB 104, Sz. 98 (extracts)

Teasing Song, Sorrow, Song from Máramaros, Ruthenian Kolomeika, Arabian Song & Pizzicato

Tom Eisner (violin II)

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D minor

arr. Joachim

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major

arr. Joachim

Hungarian Dance No. 7

arr. Joachim

Hymne zur Verherrlichung des grossen Joachim (Hymn in honour of the Great Joachim)

Hungarian Dance No. 9 in E minor

arr. Joachim

Debussy:

La plus que lente

arr. Leon Rocques

Dohnányi:

Andante Rubato alla Zingaresca

Hartmann, A:

L’amour, valse bluette

Hubay:

Scène de la csárda No. 4 'Hejre Kati', Op. 32

Kreisler:

Marche miniature viennoise

Liszt:

Romance oubliée, for viola/cello/violin & piano, S. 132

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

arr. Milstein

Monti, V:

Csárdás

Scarlatescu:

Bagatelle

Vecsey, F:

Valse triste


Philippe Graffin (violin) & Claire Désert (piano/piano luthéal)

Philippe Graffin is the latest violinist to join ONYX, after several outstanding discs of rare French and English repertoire for labels such as Hyperion and Avie. This new recital brings together the mesmerising intensity of Gypsy violin playing with classical composers’ response to it.

Released to coincide with a notable novel called Hungarian Dances by writer and journalist Jessica Duchen. She explains: “When I asked Philippe Graffin, a treasured friend and colleague, to check the manuscript of Hungarian Dances for violinistic errors, I little dreamed he’d respond by making this recording: a CD inspired by the novel. Yet the novel was partly inspired by a CD – Philippe and Claire’s beautiful recital ‘In the Shade of Forests’, [Avie Records, rave reviews worldwide] evoking the spirit of the archetypal wandering Gypsy violinist”.

Philippe’s recital is loosely based around the book but is also designed to work as a programme in its own right with several pieces chosen only for the recording including rarities by such composers as Von Vecsey, Hubay, Scarlatescu and Arthur Hartmann.

Claire Désert is well-known in France for several solo CDs for FNAC and other labels and here plays both piano and piano luthéal, the ‘prepared piano’ that Ravel had made for Tzigane in 1919 and which imitates the sound of a Hungarian cimbalom to striking effect in many of these pieces.

“Very ably abetted by Claire Désert, Graffin does his utmost to conjure up the style and effect of Hungarian gypsy fiddling. His account of Monti's Csárdás is embellished with improvised ornaments and fancy tricks - a magnificently evocative impersonation... an enthralling, exceptional recital, to be thoroughly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2009

“A delightful programme of violin sweetmeats with a gypsyesque flavour… Throughout, Graffin blends the music's various flavours with mouth-watering panache. Bravo!” BBC Music Magazine, May 2009 *****

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Debussy - Clair de lune and other piano favourites

Debussy - Clair de lune and other piano favourites


Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

La plus que lente

Arabesque No. 1

Le petit nègre

The Snow is dancing (from Children's Corner)

The Little Shepherd (from Children's Corner)

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

Estampe No. 2 - La soirée dans Grenade

Estampe No. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie

Valse romantique (L. 71)

Danse - Tarantelle styrienne

Pour le Piano: Toccata

Reflets dans l'eau (No. 1 from Images pour piano - Book 1)

Poissons d'or (No. 3 from Images pour piano - Book 2)

Mazurka

Rêverie

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Préludes - Book 1: No. 12, Minstrels

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

Arabesque No. 2


François-Joël Thiollier (piano)

Naxos - 8555800

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Henryk Szeryng

Henryk Szeryng


Bach, J S:

Sonata for Solo Violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001: II Fuga. Allegro

Bartók:

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano)

Beethoven:

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Hungarian Dance No. 17 in F sharp minor

Debussy:

La plus que lente

Kreisler:

Recitative & Scherzo Caprice, Op. 6

Leclair, J-M:

Sonata for Violin and Basso continuo in D major, Op. 9 No. 3

Locatelli:

Caprice in D major Op. 3 No. 23 'Il labirinto armonico'

Novácek, O:

Perpetuum mobile - Concert Caprice Op. 5 No. 4

Ravel:

Tzigane

Suk:

Love Song, Op. 7 No. 1


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Paris

Paris


Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 3, Le vent dans la plaine

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

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

La plus que lente

Enescu:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 24/1

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales


The Grande Dame of the Russian Piano School releases her newest Album PARIS with works by Ravel, Enescu and Debussy; a program that takes us back in time and makes us live, even if for just a moment, in the Ville Lumière, strolling the streets of Montmartre.

Between vey well known works like Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and some Préludes by Debussy, she offers us the less known, rhapsodic 1st Sonata in F Sharp minor by Georges Enescu, a work that has accompanied her since the age of 18, when she won the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest. But above all, with this album, Elisabeth Leonskaja stays once more true to her commitment as a musician, never imposing herself on the music she plays.

Enescu’s F sharp minor Sonata is a sphinx which, this pianist persuades us, has real secrets at every turn. If his first movement felt like an improvisation, it was one with miraculous modulations and hints of themes that he could have developed, had he so chosen. A presto whirls us into the streets before a tolling, entombed finale which eventually comes up for air.

Around it we needed the concentrated flights of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and three Debussy Préludes. The Ravel was all about the subtlest of waltz-rubatos – they would be writ large in the Brahms – while Leonskaja kept her bigger, blueprint sonorities in check for Enescu. With perfect symmetry, her second encore would restore us to French 3/4 in a serious take on Debussy’s La plus que lente. Refreshingly, there was not a hint of dry ice in either of these phantom ballrooms, nor in Debussy’s wind that sweeps majestically across the plains. His Girl with the Flaxen Hair was more an imperious Mona Lisa than a Greek kore; we would have to wait for the Brahms sonata for Leonskaja’s hypnotic way with seemingly simple meditations

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Homage


 

Ballet music from Rosamunde

Schubert/Kreisler

Albéniz:

Sevilla (from Suite Española, Op. 47)

trans. Jascha Heifetz

Bazzini:

Calabrese, Op. 34, No. 6

trans. Jascha Heifetz

Debussy:

La plus que lente

trans. Léon Roques

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, Op. 46 No. 2

trans. ‎Kreisler

Kreisler:

Melodie (after Gluck)

Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 1 in G major 'May Breezes'

trans. ‎Kreisler

Ponce, M:

Estrellita

trans. Jascha Heifetz

Prokofiev:

Masks from ‘Romeo and Juliet'

trans. Jascha Heifetz

Ries, Franz:

La Capricciosa

Schumann:

Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 10 in D flat major

trans. J. Szigeti

Wieniawska:

Tango

Wieniawski:

Mazurka in G major, Op. 19 No. 1 'Obertas'

Caprice in E flat major (Alla Saltarella)

trans. ‎Kreisler


Vilde Frang (violin), José Gallardo (piano)

Vilde Frang’s Encores is more than a captivating programme of short pieces for violin and piano, it is also a homage to the players of the Golden Age of the Violin, such as Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Auer and Joseph Szigeti. The recital includes music originally conceived not just for the violin, but also for piano, orchestra or voice, and proves once again, as BBC Music Magazine wrote, that “Frang has the knack of breathing life into every note, whether by variations in phrasing, attack, tone or dynamic.”

Vilde Frang has conceived the album as something of a homage to her illustrious predecessors. Born in 1986, she is clearly very much a violinist of today, and – as a Norwegian trained in Germany – she did not grow up in the Central and Eastern-European tradition of Heifetz, Kreisler, Auer and Szigeti. That being said, she brings her own, distinctively captivating magic to her instrument. As Gramophone wrote of her performance of the Korngold concerto, a work that has its roots in the composer’s glorious late-Romantic scores for Hollywood: “Frang has a winning way with the rubato that makes the melodies yearn and smile, but there’s a fragile thread of silver woven through her passagework that bounces off the glinting accompaniment of the Frankfurt RSO as an opalescent gown catches the light in a mirrored ballroom. Fresh thought illuminates each phrase and she has the technique to bring off every idea, from the wild caprice of the first movement’s dash to the double-bar, to a coquettish (or demure?) restraint in the finale’s big tune.”

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Warner Classics - 9029580532

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French Treasures

French Treasures


Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Piano, Op. 25

Debussy:

La plus que lente

arr. for violin & piano

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

extract

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

arr. for violin & piano

Poulenc:

Violin Sonata, FP 119

Saint-Saëns:

Caprice d'après l'Etude en forme de valse

arr. Eugene Ysaye


Alexey Semenenko (violin) & Inna Firsova (piano)

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