Thursday, May 12, 2016

Monique Haas Plays Claude Debussy

By his own testimony, Debussy learned more from painters and poets than from musicians. The visual arts were thus a source of inspiration in determining the choice of musical form that he gave to his compositions : and foremost among such forms was that of the triptych, as is clear, not least, from Estampes and the two sets of Images for piano. The titles of the individual pieces that make up these three triptychs evoke worlds as close as Spain ("La Soirée dans Grenade") and as remote as the Orient ("Pagodes", "Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut" and "Poissons d’or"”), in addition to more mysterious settings ("Jardins sous la pluie" and "Reflets dans l'eau"). But they were all imaginary worlds, since Debussy had never seen these countries, as he explained in jest to André Messager : "When you haven't the means to afford to travel, you have to make do with your imagination." But, joking apart, the remark reveals the extent to which Debussy remained indebted to a Symbolist aesthetic rather than to the world of Impressionnism. Composed midway between Images (1905 and 1907) and the Etudes of 1915, the Préludes mark a new turning-point in Debussy's writing for the piano, with their exploration of the world of sound now concentrated on works "of a wholly personal chemistry" that are comparable to prose poems. Unlike the Préludes, the Etudes (Debussy's final collection of piano pieces) have no descriptive title but involve exercises in thirds, fourths, sixths and octaves or timbral devices such as contrasted sonorities and arpeggios. But Debussy transcends such technical considerations to create a work of pure music that was to point the way ahead for later generations of composers.
Dennis Herlin, from the booklet (Translated by Stewart Spencer)

Monique Haas
Claude Debussy


Cd. 1

1 Danse bohémienne  1:50

Deux Arabesques
2 N° 1. Andantino con moto  3:46
3 N° 2. Allegretto scherzando  3:34

4 Rêverie  4:23
5 Ballade (Ballade slave)  5:54
6 Danse (tarentelle styrienne)  5:35
7 Valse romantique  3:03
8 Nocturne en ré bémol  6:35
9 Mazurka  2:52

Suite Bergamasque
10 Prélude  4:20
11 Menuet  4:01
12 Clair de lune  5:20
13 Passepied  4:35

Pour le piano
14 I. Prélude  4:17
15 II. Sarabande  5:49
16 III. Toccata  3:55

15 Hommage à Haydn  2:18


Cd. 2

Images, 1ère série
1 I. Reflets dans l'eau  5:17
2 II. Hommage à Rameau  7:19
3 III. Mouvement  3:28

Images, 2ème série
4 I. Cloches à travers les feuilles  4:24
5 II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut  5:04
6 III. Poissons d'or  3:55

Préludes, Livre I
7 Danseuses de Delphes  3:27
8 Voiles  3:25
9 Le Vent dans la plaine  2:23
10 "Les Sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir"  3:56
11 Les Collines d'Anacapri  2:56
12 Des pas sur la neige  4:45
13 Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest  3:26
14 La Fille aux cheveux de lin  2:58
15 La Sérénade interrompue  2:18
16 La Cathédrale engloutie  6:41
17 La Danse de Puck  2:53
18 Minstrels  2:08

19 Le Petit nègre  1:41


Cd. 3

Préludes, Livre II
1 Brouillards  3:07
2 Feuilles mortes  3:36
3 La Puerta del vino  2:47
4 "Les Fées sont d'exquises danseuses"  3:04
5 Bruyères  2:59
6 Général Lavine - eccentric  2:28
7 La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune  3:23
8 Ondine  3:23
9 Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq. P.P.M.P.C.  2:30
10 Canope  2:30
11 Les Tierces alternées  2:28
12 Feux d'artifice  4:11

13 Pagodes  4:53
14 La Soirée dans Grenade  5:27
15 Jardins sous la pluie  3:39

Children's Corner
petite suite pour piano seul
13 Doctor Gradus ad parnassum  2:09
14 Jimbo's lullaby  2:41
15 Serenade of the Doll  2:40
16 The Snow is dancing  2:38
17 The Little Shepherd  2:20
18 Golliwoog's Cake Walk  2:42


Cd. 4

Etudes (Livre I)
1 Pour les "cinq doigts"  2:50
d'après Monsieur Czerny
2 Pour les Tierces  3:31
3 Pour les Quartes  5:18
4 Pour les Sixtes  4:18
5 Pour les Octaves  2:50
6 Pour les huit doigts  1:40

Etudes (Livre II)
7 Pour les Degrés chromatiques  2:25
8 Pour les Agréments  4:45
9 Pour les Notes répétées  3:05
10 Pour les Sonorités opposées  5:38
11 Pour les Arpèges composés  4:17
12 Pour les Accords  4:34

13 L'Isle joyeuse  5:30
14 D'un cahier d'esquisses  4:55
15 Masques  4:53
16 La Plus que lente  3:58
17 Berceuse héroïque  3:55


Monique Haas - p

Recorded in 1972


Melanchthon said...

gullo said...

I'm excited to hear this! You've made my day, again!

musician3 said...

AMAZING..............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

hcb said...

A delight, as always. Thanks again.

Historicus said...

Great upload, thanks a lot!!!!

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

I love Debussy's music.
Thanks a lot

NagaYama said...

Thanks Melanchthon for these marvelous Debussy's compositions by an excellent pianist. I adore french music of this period, Chabrier, Fauré, Debussy, Satie, Ravel... When I discovered the work of Debussy, it was like entering a new musical universe, with new sounds, new harmonies, new feelings, and a new way of listening music, with the eyes. Like JS Bach and a few others, I can listen to Debussy music for hours, days and more without any envy to stop or listen something else, exactly like I can wander in nature indefinitely without any desire to go back to the dirt of town.

Bradley Lehman said...

Some of the Zippy files are deleted, and therefore this doesn't unzip. Can you please restore this set? Thanks!

bhowani bhowani said...

Hi, Mel !

Any chance for a re-up, please ?