Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Samson François Plays Debussy

The fact that Debussy cast aside the tonal customs of French music still underpinning at the time a whole rhetoric of feelings inherited from Romanticism and that he rejected the sonata form very accurately following in its development the paths of thought — moreover constituting a musical argument favouring effusions of the heart, and as such, akin to literary discourses — can be ascribed as much to his natural reserve as to principle : he had too high idea of music for it to be anything other than pure sound matter. This was where his Revolution lay (comparable to that undertaken by Baudelaire and Rimbaud in poetry) one covering 27 years of investigation in search of a language where the melodic line makes way for a melody arising from the chords alone, and during wich the composer evolved from Impressionism to abstract art, substituting the "Impressive" for the "Expressive" and activity of the soul for intellectual processes — remaining tonal while borrowing the means for creating music essentially consisting of tone colours from the modal scales of the East and the Middle Ages and from the pantatonic scale...
Pierre Mougeot (transalted by Elizabeth Carroll)
From the booklet

Samson François
Plays
Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)

Tracks

Cd. 1

Préludes, Livre I
1 Danseuses de Delphes  2:52
2 Voiles  3:42
3 Le Vent dans la plaine  2:21
4 Les Sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir  2:42
5 Les Collines d'Anacapri  3:07
6 Des pas sur la neige  4:45
7 Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest  3:30
8 La Fille aux cheveux de lin  2:09
9 La Sérénade interrompue  2:53
10 La Cthédrale engloutie  6:04
11 La Danse de Puck  2:41
12 Minstrels  2:01

Préludes, Livre II
13 Brouillards  3:03
14 Feuilles mortes  2:07
15 La Puerta del vino  3:02
16 Les Fées sont d'xquises danseuses  3:33
17 Bruyères  2:13
18 Général Lavine eccentric  2:42
19 La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune  3:32
20 Ondine  3:53
21 Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq. P.P.M.P.C.  2:12
22 Canope  2:30
23 Feux d'artifice  4:49



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Cd. 2

Images, 1re série
1 I. Reflets dans l'eau  4:31
2 II. Hommage à Rameau  5:41
3 III. Mouvement  3:37

Images, 2e série
4 I. Cloches à travers les feuilles  3:51
5 II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut  3:40
6 III. Poissons d'or  3:48

7 Rêverie  3:35
8 Arabesque n° 1  3:44
9 Arabesque n° 2  3:31
10 La Plus-Que-Lente, valse  4:04

Etudes, Livre II
(excerpts)

11 N° 7 "Pour les degrés chromatiques"  2:28
12 N° 8 "Pour les agréments"  4:54
13 N° 10 "Pour les sonorités opposées"  4:40
14 N° 11 "Pour les arpèges composés"  4:23
15 N° 12 "Pour les accords"  3:57

16 Masques  5:01
17 L'Isle joyeuse  6:08

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Samson François - p

Recorded at Salle Wagram, Paris ; February & July, 1968 ; October, 1969 & 1970

7 comments:

swamielmo said...

thanks mel. i am ready to hear another play debussy. do you know the bavouzet recordings? i like them.

Jeffinprov said...

Wonderful. Thank you.

Tiago said...

Thanks a lot, Mel!!

Bill said...

Really marvellous. Thanks, Mel!

a stranger on the net! said...

please re-up!

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1 (+ artwork)
http://www56.zippyshare.com/v/zWYOhMW1/file.html
http://www56.zippyshare.com/v/wbKxdtW2/file.html
Cd. 2
http://www61.zippyshare.com/v/yrKgHxKz/file.html
http://www61.zippyshare.com/v/PlvCjq9o/file.html

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

Great. THanks.