Debussy and the Piano: Part V

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

For the final installment of this series focusing on Debussy and the piano, host David Dubal takes a deep dive into the personal life of the composer during the period he spent composing his greatest works.

Program details:

Claude Debussy: “Images,” Set II: ‘Poissons d’or’ (Goldfish)
— Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano.

Claude Debussy: Suite Bergamasque: Menuet
— Leon Fleisher, piano.

Claude Debussy: Masques (Masks)
— Walter Gieseking, piano.

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 2/10 Canope
— Michel Béroff, piano.

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 2/11 Les tierces alternées (Alternating Thirds)
— Walter Gieseking, piano.

Claude Debussy: Estampes: Pagodes
— Alexis Weissenberg, piano.

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 1/9 La Serenade interrompue (“The interrupted serenade”)
— Alfred Cortot, piano.

Claude Debussy: “Pour les Arpeges composes” (“For linked arpeggios”)
— Emil Gilels, piano.

Claude Debussy: “Pour les Arpeges composes” (“For linked arpeggios”)
— Vladimir Horowitz, piano.

Claude Debussy: “Berceuse heroique”
— Michel Béroff, piano.

Claude Debussy: “Estampes”: ‘Jardins sous la pluie’ (Gardens in the Rain)
— Pascal Rogé, piano.

Claude Debussy: “Children’s Corner Suite”: ‘The Little Shepherd’
— Claude Debussy, piano.

Comments [5]

Meredith from nyc

Thank you so much for this program. I hope it continues, and with the repeat. It was enlightening to hear all these Debussy pieces. In the last program, I especially loved the minuet from bergamasque and the Pagodes. So magical.

Also I love Joyous Isle. I preferred the past program where you played Michelangeli doing it, which was superb. Cliburn is growing on me as I listened again. It is one unique, entrancing composition that repays comparison hearings with different performers, which I plan to do.

How about a Beethoven sonata series next? Maybe not the whole sonata, since I think you prefer to play short pieces. I'd like o hear your comments and cd picks.

Sep. 02 2013 10:13 PM
Carmine from Hazet

I love this! Tuning in every week is so relaxing, and it is so amusing to hear David Dubal talk about Debussy as if i'm sitting in on a history class focusing on this fantastic composer. It's one thing to get to know Debussy's music, and it is another thing to get to know this brilliant composer who brought these beautiful pieces to life. Don't ever stop this! :)

Sep. 01 2013 09:52 PM
Daniel C. Thomas

Last summer I heard Debussy and the piano and found it superb. This august I heard it again and found it even more remarkable. I never cared much for Debussy but now I am in love with him. Please convey to Mr. Dubal my appreciation. The performances his knowledge and his beautiful voice makes for an hypnotic experience. This is radio as it should be. I thank WQXR for its sensitivity with such shows. May I say the David Dubal series , the romantic piano was also a staggering example of the highest form of radio programming. Keep this alive.

Aug. 29 2013 09:12 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn
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Aug. 29 2013 08:39 AM
Rene from NYC

at what time is Mr Dubal Part V on 8/29/13?

Aug. 26 2013 02:45 PM

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