DEBUSSY Complete Music Complete Music for piano 4-hands and 2 pianos. Massimiliano Damerini, Marco Rapetti. Brilliant Classics 3cds

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Complete Music Complete Music for piano 4-hands and 2 pianos

Massimiliano Damerini, Marco Rapetti – pianos

CD 1

1 Symphonie (1880)* – Allegro 9’54

2 Andante cantabile (1880)* 8’31

3 Diane – Ouverture (1881)* 6’51

Le triomphe de Bacchus: Suite d’orchestre (1882)‡

4 I. Divertissement 3’38

5 II. Andante 3’40

IV. Marche et Bacchanale:

6 (fragment A) 0’57

7 (fragment B) 4’36

8 Intermezzo (1882)* 4’29

Première suite d’orchestre (1882–3)‡

9 I. Fête 5’58

10 II. Ballet 4’32

11 III. Rêve 8’24

12 IV. Cortège et Bacchanale 9’00

Total time 70’47

CD 2

1 Divertissement (1884)‡ 11’56

L’Enfant prodigue: Scène lyrique (1884) – three excerpts‡

2 I. Prélude 2’34

3 II. Cortège - III. Air de danse 4’13

Printemps: Suite symphonique (1887)*

4 I. Très modéré 10’16

5 II. Modéré 7’48

Petite suite (1886–9)*

6 I. En bateau 3’40

7 II. Cortège 3’29

8 III. Menuet 3’18

9 IV. Ballet 3’19

10 Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire: ‘The Earl of Ross March’ (1891)‡ 7’29

11 Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1892–4) 10’26

CD 3

1 Lindaraja (1901)§ 6’15

La Mer: Trois esquisses symphoniques (1903–5)‡

2 I. De l’aube à midi sur la mer 8’45

3 II. Jeux de vagues 7’37

4 III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer 8’05

Danses (1904)†

5 I. Danse sacrée 4’58

6 II. Danse profane 5’07

Six épigraphes antiques (1914)‡

7 I. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d’été 2’25

8 II. Pour un tombeau sans nom 3’54

9 III. Pour que la nuit soit propice 2’22

10 IV. Pour la danseuse aux crotales 2’34

11 V. Pour l’égyptienne 3’08

12 VI. Pour remercier la pluie au matin 2’09

En blanc et noir (1915)§

13 I. Avec emportement 4’25

14 II. Lent, sombre 7’37

15 III. Scherzando 4’41

Massimiliano Damerini, Marco Rapetti piano four hands and two pianos

If it is true that the end of Romanticism coincided with the invention of electric light, then we can date this to 1880 – the year in which Thomas Alva Edison patented the light bulb. At around this time, a brilliant student at the Paris Conservatoire, Claude Debussy, decided to embark upon a composing career that would soon ‘illuminate’ the history of music.

Debussy’s output is roughly divided into three periods, each of which is represented by one of the three discs in this set. Focusing solely on his works for piano duo, the collection effectively represents a vantage point from which to analyse his stylistic development, since it touches on both Debussy's piano and orchestral writing simultaneously: as well as original keyboard works (Lindaraja is one example, the composer's first work inspired by Spain), there are piano pieces arranged for orchestra, vice versa compositions (Prélude a l'après midi d'un faune, for instance) and music that was clearly intended for the orchestra or for specific ensembles (one example is Le triomphe de Bacchus, for which the orchestration was never completed).

Performing these works are two of Italy's most celebrated pianists, Massimiliano Damerini and Marco Rapetti. Their accomplished readings highlight the unique relationship that exists between piano and orchestra – the former can be seen as a monochromatic version of the latter, with the latter essentially describing the former in polychromatic terms – and, at the same time, draw the listener's attention towards an important area of 19th century music making: namely piano transcriptions’ vital role in making operatic and symphonic repertoire available to all.

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