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Debussy: Violin Sonata; Cello Sonata; Piano Trio / Trio Stradivari

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Piano Trio, L. 3
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Intermezzo for cello & orchestra (or piano), L. 27
>Debussy, Claude : Nocturne and Scherzo for Cello and Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Romance ("L'ame evaporeee est souffrante"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/1
>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

These original works and arrangements for violin, cello and piano by Claude Debussy span the composer's protean career, from the early Piano Trio of 1880 to the Cello Sonata of 1915 and the Violin Sonata, completed in 1917 as part of an abortive six-sonata project which ended halfway when he died the following year. Especially since the performances are given with the experience harvested by three musicians who are better known as early-music specialists, soaked in the philosophy of historically informed performance practice, they offer an intriguing survey, unique on record, of the composer's development. As Harold Schonberg, music critic of The New York Times, wrote, it would be amusing to invite classical music "experts" to listen to the Piano Trio, with its expressive reminiscences of Schumann, and then guess who the composer is: few of them would say Debussy. And yet the two late sonatas masterfully shuffle the cards of Impressionism, pre-Classical sonata structures and Stravinskian distance and eccentricity: the Cello Sonata originally bore a heavily symbolic title (Pierrot faché avec la lune) relating to the paintings of Watteau with their elusive mixture of melancholy and irony. It uses the timbre of early music and citations from the great French harpsichordists to conjure up Pierrot's moody, troubled world, which was that of the slyly smiling masks of the commedia dell'arte. The arrangements are the work of several hands, among them Debussy himself, of better-known and justifiably popular works that revel in the sophisticated evocation of mood through lyrical melody and evanescent textures, including "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" and "Minstrels". Other information: - Recording: 5 - 7 September 2012, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal.

MusicWeb International, 16th March 2014
This is a CD which delights in the eclectic variety of Debussy's musical personality. It offers insight into his influences and sense of humour...Federico Guglielmo stands out among these accomplished artists as an innovative and enchantingly poetic interpreter.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Piano Trio, L. 3
  • Ensemble: Trio Stradivari
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1879

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
  • Performers: Federico Guglielmo (Violin); Jolanda Violante (Piano)
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Luigi Puxeddu (Cello); Jolanda Violante (Piano)
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Intermezzo for cello & orchestra (or piano), L. 27
  • Performers: Luigi Puxeddu (Cello); Jolanda Violante (Piano)
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Nocturne and Scherzo for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Luigi Puxeddu (Cello); Jolanda Violante (Piano)
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performers: Federico Guglielmo (Violin); Jolanda Violante (Piano)
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Performers: Federico Guglielmo (Violin); Jolanda Violante (Piano)
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
  • Performers: Federico Guglielmo (Violin); Jolanda Violante (Piano)
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Debussy, Claude : Romance ("L'âme evaporéee est souffrante"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/1
  • Performers: Luigi Puxeddu (Cello); Jolanda Violante (Piano)
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
  • Performers: Luigi Puxeddu (Cello); Jolanda Violante (Piano)
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) (02/05/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890