Debussy and the Piano: Part II

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Thursday, August 08, 2013

In this, the second of five installments of a series focused on Debussy and the piano, host David Dubal explores Debussy’s piano music that deals with pictures of the natural world, and also reveals how Debussy was a man of difficult ways.

Program details:

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 2/4: “Les fees sont d’exquises danseuses”
— Michel Béroff, piano.

Claude Debussy: Etudes, Book 2, Pour les degrees Chromatiques
— Mitsuko Uchida, piano.

Claude Debussy: Valse Romantique
— Walter Gieseking, piano.

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 2/3: “La Puerta del vino”
— Jacques Rouvier, piano.

Claude Debussy: Preludes: Book 1: “La cathedrale engloutie” (The sunken cathedral)
— Robert Casadesus, piano.

Claude Debussy: Preludes: Book 1/1: “Danseuses de delphes” (Delphic Dancers)
— Krystian Zimerman, piano.

Claude Debussy: “Reverie”
— Walter Gieseking, piano.

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 2/8: “Ondine”
— Pascal Rogé, piano.

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 2/8: “Ondine”
— Artur Rubinstein, piano.

Claude Debussy: “Estampes”: La soiree dans Grenade’ (Evening in Granada)
— Alexis Weissenberg, piano.

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 2/2: “Feuilles mortes” (Dead leaves)
— Paul Jacobs, piano.

Claude Debussy: “Children’s Corner”: ‘Serenade for the doll’
— Vladimir Horowitz, piano.

Comments [5]

pina bendetto from buenos aires argentina

marvelous harmony.
thank you !

Aug. 22 2013 03:46 PM
Thomas Wood from Medford Oregon

Nowhere on this page do I find a way to LISTEN to your station.

Aug. 22 2013 11:46 AM
Paul from Brooklyn, NY

I'm so glad that you played the recording of Paul Jacobs. He was one of the best interpreter's of Debussy's Preludes. He is very rarely heard on the radio these days.

Aug. 11 2013 10:55 PM
George Jochnowitz from New York

My favorite Debussy performer is pianist Bennett Lerner, who recorded the complete piano works of Debussy. I don't know why his interpretations haven't become more famous.

Aug. 09 2013 01:32 PM
Marilyn McLean from The Villages, Florida

Besides the marvelous harmonic progressions, Debussy used the sound of the piano more than a keyboard instrument. Your selection of music showed the wealth of sound he was able to extract from the piano. Love the series.

Aug. 08 2013 11:33 AM

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