Debussy, Claude

April 9, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Claude Debussy, who once said he learned more from poets and painters than from the music conservatory, is considered the figurehead of Impressionist music (though he would vehemently argue against it). Influenced by Bach’s arabesques and the romantic Chopin, the Frenchman made his mark in music with his otherworldly compositions, beginning with Danse Bohemienne. While we listen to his compositions Bill reflects on Debussy’s peculiar upbringing, studies in the Paris conservatory, and his Prix de Rome win.

Playlist

Episode 1

Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin fr. Preludes, Bk. 1
Zimerman, p.
DG 435773-2
2:12

Debussy: Fêtes fr. Nocturnes for Orchestra (excerpt)
LA Phil/Salonen
Sony 58952
2:34

Chabrier: Mauresque fr. Pieces Pittoresque
Planes, p.
HM 901465
1:48

Debussy: Danse Bohemienne
Jones, p.
Nimb 5160
2:01

Debussy: “Beau Soir”
Fleming, s.; Thibaudet, p.
Lon 467697
2:46

Debussy: “En Sourdine”
De Los Angeles, s.; Soriano, p.
EMI 65061
2:59

Debussy: “Salut Printemps”
Orch de Paris/Barenboim
DG 2531 263
2:58

Debussy: En Bateau fr. Petite Suite
Robert & Gaby Casadesus, p.
Sony 52527
3:08, 1:02

Debussy, orch. Büsser: Ballet fr. Petite Suite
ORTF/Martinon
EMI 72673
3:04

Debussy: La damoiselle élue
BSO/Ozawa; Graham, ms.; McNair, s.
Phil 446 683-2
18:16

Debussy: Arabesque No. 1: Andantino con moto
Stolzman, cl.; Allen, harp
RCA 60198
4:23

Episode 2

Debussy: Claire de Lune fr. Suite Bergamasque
Thibaudet, p.
Decca 460 247-2
4:43

Debussy: Trois Mélodies de Verlaine
Maltman, bar.; Martineau, p.
Hyp 67357
7:15

Debussy: Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
Emerson String Quartet
DG 445509
24:49

Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Cleveland Orch/Boulez
DG 435766
8:50

Debussy: “Mandoline” (excerpt)
Fleming, s.; Thibaudet, p.
Lon 467697
1:04

Episode 3

Debussy: Prelude & Sarabande fr. Pour le Piano
Gulda, p.
Phil 456817
3:56, 1:40

Debussy: Pelléas Et Mélisande (excerpts)
La Scala/Abbado; Von Stade, ms.; Ollmann, bar.; Bröcheler, bs.
Opera D’Oro 1195
9:59, 5:03

Debussy: Nuages & Fêtes fr. Nocturnes
LA Phil/Salonen
Sony 59852
13:40

Debussy: Danse sacrée et danse profane
Cleveland/Boulez; Wellbaum, hp.
DG B0002121-02
10:15

Episode 4

Debussy: Estampe, II & III
Ciccolini, p.
EMI 754447-2
9:24

Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse (excerpt)
Horowitz, p.
CBS 44681
1:00

Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orch/Simon
Cala 1002
5:04

Debussy: La Mer
BSO/Munch
RCA 6719
22:52

Debussy: Children’s Corner (excerpts)
Watts, p.
Phil 456 985-2
6:20, 3:08

Episode 5

Debussy: Preludes- Book II, No. 3- La Puerta del Vino
Gulda, p.
Phi 456 817
2:02

Debussy: Iberia, II & III
BSO/Munch
RCA 61956
12:25

Debussy: Jeux
Concertgebouw/Haitink
Phil 400 023-2
18:46

Debussy: Noël des enfants que n’ont plus de maison
Ameling, s.; Baldwin, p.
EMI 64095
2:30

Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Perlman, v.; Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 444318
11:54

Debussy: Passepied fr. Suite Bergamasque
Gulda, p.
Phil 456817
3:21