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Debussy His First Performers Warner Classics 10Cds

DEBUSSY His First Performers

CD 1 PIANO 79.06
1 Estampes, L 108a (1903): II. La Soirée dans Grenade 5.39
Claude Debussy piano

2 Ricardo Viñes speaks about Claude Debussy 3.35
3 Images (Second Book) L 120 (1907): III. Poissons d’or 3.24
4 Estampes, L 108a (1903): II. La Soirée dans Grenade 4.07
Ricardo Viñes piano

Préludes (First Book) L 125 (1909-10)
5 VIII. La Fille aux cheveux de lin 1.33
6 XII. Minstrels 1.45
7 X. La Cathédrale engloutie 4.28

Children’s Corner L 119a (1906-1908)
8 Docteur Gradus ad Parnassum 2.08
9 Jimbo’s lullaby 2.33
10 Serenade for the doll 1.52
11 The snow is dancing 2.26
12 The little Shepherd 1.53
13 Golliwogg’s cake walk 2.40
Alfred Cortot piano

Arabesques L 74 (1890-91)
14 I. Andantino con moto 3.19
15 II. Allegretto scherzando 2.56

16 Estampes, L 108 (1903): III. Jardins sous la pluie 3.01
P 1931 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company.
Marguerite Long piano

Préludes (First Book) L 125 (1909-10)
17 I. Danseuses de Delphes 2.53
18 II. Voiles 2.46
19 III. Le Vent dans la plaine 1.58
20 IV. « Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir » (Ch. Baudelaire) 3.10
21 V. Les Collines d’Anacapri 2.35
22 VI. Des Pas sur la neige 2.52
23 VII. Ce qu’a vu le Vent d’Ouest 2.34
24 VIII. La Fille aux cheveux de lin 2.06
25 IX. La Sérénade interrompue 2.06
26 X. La Cathédrale engloutie 5.55
27 XI. La Danse de Puck 2.08
28 XII. Minstrels 1.56
Walter Gieseking piano

CD 2 PIANO 78.31
Suite bergamasque L 82 (1890, rev. 1905)
1 I. Prélude 3.38
2 II. Menuet 3.35
3 III. Clair de lune 4.11
4 IV. Passepied 3.38

Images (First Book) L 105 (1901-1905)
5 I. Reflets dans l’eau 4.39
6 II. Hommage à Rameau 6.02
7 III. Mouvement 2.53

Images (Second Book) L 120 (1907)
8 I. Cloches à travers les feuilles 3.25
9 II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut 4.42
10 III. Poissons d’or 2.59

Walter Gieseking piano

Préludes (Second Book) L 131 (1911-12)
11 I. Brouillards 2.38
12 II. Feuilles mortes 3.03
13 III. La Puerta del Vino 3.06
14 IV. « Les Fées sont d’exquises danseuses » 2.28
15 V. Bruyères 2.26
16 VI. « Général Lavine » – excentric 2.17
17 VII. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune 4.07
18 VIII. Ondine 2.41
19 IX. Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C. 2.27
20 X. Canope 2.33
21 XI. Les tierces alternées 2.40
22 XII. Feux d’artifice 3.59

23 L’Isle joyeuse L 109a (1903-04) 5.04

Marcelle Meyer piano

CD 3 CHAMBER MUSIC & ORCHESTRAL MUSIC 70.03
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 L 91 (1892-93)
1 I. Animé et très décidé 6.05
2 II. Assez vif et bien rythmé 3.45
3 III. Andantino doucement expressif 8.15
4 IV. Très modéré – Très mouvementé et avec passion 6.50
Quatuor Calvet

Sonata, for cello and piano L 144 (1915)
5 I. Prologue 4.05
6 II. Sérénade 2.46
7 III. Finale 3.09
Maurice Maréchal cello • Robert Casadesus piano

Trio Sonata, for flute, viola and harp L 145 (1915)
8 I. Pastorale 6.18
9 II. Interlude 5.37
10 III. Finale 4.28
Marcel Moyse flute • Eugène Ginot viola • Lily Laskine harp

Sonata, for violin and piano L 148 (1916-17)
11 I. Allegro vivo 3.55
12 II. Intermède 3.53
13 III. Finale 3.35
14 Minstrels, for violin and piano, L 125b (1910, arr. Claude Debussy 1914) 0.00
Jacques Thibaud violin • Alfred Cortot piano

15 Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune L 87a (1891-94) 7.13
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux • Camille Chevillard conductor

Courtesy of Sony Classical (8-10)

CD 4 ORCHESTRAL MUSIC 76.18
1 Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune L 87a (1891-94) 8.57
Marcel Moyse flute
Orchestre des Concerts Straram • Walther Straram conductor

2 Nocturnes, L 98a (1897-99) : Nuages (Modéré – Un peu animé) 7.27
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire • Philippe Gaubert conductor

Nocturnes, L 98a (1897-99)
3 Nuages (Modéré – Un peu animé) 6.38
4 Fêtes (Animé et très rythmé – Modéré mais toujours très rythmé) 6.08
5 Sirènes (Modérément animé) 11.30
Unknown Chorus
Orchestre des Festivals Debussy • Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht conductor

La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre, L 111a (1903-05)
6 De l’aube à midi sur la mer (Très lent) 8.32
7 Jeux de vagues (Allegro, dans un rythme très souple) 5.44
8 Dialogue du vent et de la mer (Animé et tumultueux) 7.54
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire • Charles Munch conductor

Six Épigraphes antiques L 139c (1914-15) (Orch. Ernest Ansermet)
9 Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d’été 2.25
10 Pour un tombeau sans nom 3.13
11 Pour que la nuit soit propice 2.25
12 Pour la danseuse aux crotales 2.01
13 Pour l’Égyptienne 2.48
14 Pour remercier la pluie au matin 2.19
L’Orchestre de la Suisse romande • Ernest Ansermet conductor

Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited (9-14)

CD 5 ORCHESTRAL MUSIC 78.29
1 Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune L 87a (1891-94) 8.30
Orchestre des Concerts Colonne • Gabriel Pierné conductor

Deux Danses, pour harpe chromatique et orchestre à cordes, L 113a (1904)
2 Danse sacrée 3.58
3 Danse profane 4.37
Lily Laskine harp • Orchestra • Piero Coppola conductor

4 Estampes, L 108b (1903): II. La Soirée dans Grenade (orch. Piero Coppola) 4.46
5 Images (Second Book) L 120 (1907): I. Cloches à travers les feuilles (orch. Piero Coppola) 4.26
Orchestra • Piero Coppola conductor

Children’s Corner L 119b (1906-1908, orchestration André Caplet 1910)
6 Docteur Gradus ad Parnassum 2.17
7 Jimbo’s lullaby 2.48
8 Serenade for the doll 2.35
9 The snow is dancing 2.20
10 The little Shepherd 2.37
11 Golliwogg’s cake walk 2.44
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire • Piero Coppola conductor

La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques L 111a (1903-05)
12 De l’aube à midi sur la mer 8.19
13 Jeux de vagues 6.31
14 Dialogue du vent et de la mer 7.32
BBC Symphony Orchestra • Arturo Toscanini conductor

Petite suite L 71b (1888-89, orchestration Henri Büsser 1907)
15 En bateau 3.55
16 Cortège 3.22
17 Menuet 3.21
18 Ballet 2.56
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française • Henri Büsser conductor

CD 6 ORCHESTRAL MUSIC 73.51
Nocturnes, L 98a (1897-99)
1 Nuages (Modéré – Un peu animé) 7.00
2 Fêtes (Animé et très rythmé – Modéré mais toujours très rythmé) 6.00
3 Sirènes (Modérément animé) 9.36
Women of the Berkshire Festival Chorus (Iva Dee Hiatt & Hugh Ross chorus masters)
Boston Symphony Orchestra • Pierre Monteux conductor

Images for orchestra L 118a (1905-12)
4 I. Gigues 7.15
II. Iberia
5 Par les rues et par les chemins 7.13
6 Les Parfums de la nuit 8.06
7 Le Matin d’un jour de fête 4.49
8 III. Rondes de printemps 8.01
London Symphony Orchestra • Pierre Monteux conductor

9 Jeux, ballet L 133a (1912-13) 17.33
Orchestre national de France • Pierre Monteux conductor

Courtesy of SONY Classical (1-3)
Courtesy of Universal Music (4-8)
Courtesy of INA (9)

CD 7 MELODIES 79.58
1-3 Ariettes oubliées (Paul Verlaine), L 63b (2nd version) (1903) (Excerpts I, III & V[I]) 6.31
Mary Garden soprano • Claude Debussy piano

4 Mandoline (Paul Verlaine), L 43a (1882) 1.32
5 L’Enfant prodigue, cantata (Édouard Guinand) L 61b (1884/1907) : II. Récitatif et Air de Lia : « L’année en vain chasse l’année … » 4.42
Ninon Vallin soprano • Grand orchestre (5) • Gustave Cloëz piano (4), conductor (5)

6 Ariettes oubliées (Paul Verlaine), L 63b (1903) : II. Il pleure dans mon cœur 2.38
7 Cinq Poèmes de Charles Baudelaire, L 70 : IIIa. Le Jet d’eau (1889) 4.40
Claire Croiza mezzo-soprano • Francis Poulenc (6), George Reeves (7) piano

8-10 Trois Ballades de François Villon, L 126b (1910, orchestration Debussy 1910) 9.05
Camille Maurane baritone • Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux • Jean Fournet conductor

11-16 Ariettes oubliées (Paul Verlaine), L 63b (2nd version) (1903) (Complete)
Hugues Cuénod tenor • Jacqueline Blancard piano

17-19 Trois Chansons de Bilitis (Pierre Louÿs), L 97 8.28

20-22 Le Promenoir des deux amants (Tristan Lhermite), L 129 (1910) 6.28

23-25 Fêtes galantes, First book (Paul Verlaine), L 86 (1890) 6.58
Maggie Teyte soprano • Alfred Cortot piano

26-28 Fêtes galantes, Second book (Paul Verlaine), L 114 (1904) 0.00
Jane Bathori mezzo-soprano & piano Pleyel

29-30 Trois Ballades de François Villon, L 126b (1910, orchestration Debussy 1910) (Excerpts II & III) 5.51
Charles Panzéra baritone • Orchestra • Piero Coppola condutor

Courtesy of SONY Classical (4) • Courtesy of Universal Music (8-10) • Courtesy of Vanguard (11-16)

CD 8 OPERA 57.31
Pelléas et Mélisande, drame lyrique en 5 tableaux (Maurice Maeterlinck) L 93 (1893-1902)

Complete ACT ONE – ACT TWO

Pelléas: Jacques Jansen high-baritone • Mélisande: Irène Joachim soprano • Golaud: Henri-Bertrand Etcheverry bass-baritone • Geneviève: Germaine Cernay mezzo-soprano • Arkel: Paul Cabanel bass
Yniold: Leïla Ben Sedira soprano • Shepherd: Émile Rousseau baritone • Doctor: Armand Narçon bass
Chœurs Yvonne Gouverné • Orchestre Symphonique • Roger Désormière conductor

CD 9 OPERA 69.42
Pelléas et Mélisande, drame lyrique en 5 tableaux (Maurice Maeterlinck) L 93 (1893-1902)

Complete ACT THREE – ACT FOUR

Pelléas: Jacques Jansen high-baritone • Mélisande: Irène Joachim soprano • Golaud: Henri-Bertrand Etcheverry bass-baritone • Geneviève: Germaine Cernay mezzo-soprano • Arkel: Paul Cabanel bass
Yniold: Leïla Ben Sedira soprano • Shepherd: Émile Rousseau baritone • Doctor: Armand Narçon bass
Chœurs Yvonne Gouverné • Orchestre Symphonique • Roger Désormière conductor

CD 10 OPERA 71.42
Pelléas et Mélisande, drame lyrique en 5 tableaux (Maurice Maeterlinck) L 93 (1893-1902)

Complete ACT FIVE

Pelléas: Jacques Jansen high-baritone • Mélisande: Irène Joachim soprano • Golaud: Henri-Bertrand Etcheverry bass-baritone • Geneviève: Germaine Cernay mezzo-soprano • Arkel: Paul Cabanel bass
Yniold: Leïla Ben Sedira soprano • Shepherd: Émile Rousseau baritone • Doctor: Armand Narçon bass
Chœurs Yvonne Gouverné • Orchestre Symphonique • Roger Désormière conductor

Pelléas et Mélisande (Excerpts)
9 ACT ONE, Scene 1: « Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette forêt » (Golaud, Mélisande)8.06
10 ACT ONE, Scene 2: « Voici ce qu'il écrit à son frère Pelléas » (Arkel, Geneviève, Pelléas) 7.54
11 ACT TWO, Scene 2: « Ah! Ah! Tout va bien » (Golaud, Mélisande) 7.42

Mélisande: Marthe Nespoulos soprano • Golaud: Hector Dufrane baritone • Geneviève: Claire Croiza mezzo-soprano • Arkel: Armand Narçon bass
Orchestre symphonique • Georges Truc conductor

Pelléas et Mélisande (Excerpts)
12 ACT TWO, Scene 1: « Vous ne savez pas où je vous ai menée ? » (Pelléas, Mélisande) 7.13
13 ACT THREE, Scene 3: « Ah ! Je respire enfin » (Pelléas, Golaud) 4.11
14 ACT FOUR, Scene 4: « Une grande innocence » (Golaud) 7.42
15 ACT FOUR, Scene 4: « Nous sommes venus ici il y a bien longtemps » (Mélisande, Pelléas) 4.35
16 ACT FOUR, Scene 4: « Quel est ce bruit ? » (Mélisande, Pelléas) 4.19

Mélisande: Yvonne Brothier soprano • Pelléas: Charles Panzéra baritone • Golaud: Vanni-Marcoux baritone
Orchestre des Concerts Pasdeloup • Piero Coppola conductor

Every performer in this 10-CD set played a determining role in the understanding and appreciation of Debussy’s music in the 20th century. Prominent among them are artists who knew the composer personally and who even gave world premieres of his works, such as Ricardo Viñes, Mary Garden, Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht, Pierre Monteux, Henri Büsser, Gabriel Pierné and Camille Chevillard.

The collection offers a wealth of ground-breaking recordings, made between 1904 and 1963. They have become landmarks of the catalogue, standing as authoritative and illuminating points of reference in our knowledge of Debussy.

Claude Debussy, who died 100 years ago in March 1918, is one of history’s greatest composers and the most influential of all French composers. A father of modern music, Debussy lived in the early days of the recording era.

All the artists who appear in this 10CD set, Debussy: His First Performers, were in some way pioneers in the performance of his music in the first half of the 20th century. All the recordings in this collection provide an authoritative and illuminating point of reference in our appreciation of Debussy.

The roster of performers is led by musicians who knew the composer personally, some of whom gave world premieres of his works. They also made some of the earliest recordings that feature on this set. Covering a period that extends from 1904 to 1963, Debussy: His First Performers also embraces landmark interpretations by artists, born during Debussy’s lifetime, who have come to define our understanding of the composer’s genius.

Among the most significant names in this collection – which covers piano, chamber and orchestral music, song and opera – are: pianists Ricardo Viñes, Alfred Cortot, Marcelle Meyer, Marguerite Long, Walter Gieseking – and Debussy himself (recordings made on piano rolls); violinist Jacques Thibaud; singers Mary Garden, Jane Bathori, Ninon Vallin, Claire Croiza (accompanied by Francis Poulenc at the piano), Maggie Teyte and Charles Panzéra; conductors Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht, Arturo Toscanini, Pierre Monteux, Ernest Ansermet, Roger Désormière and Charles Munch.

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