[ Erato Classics / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 10 November 2017
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Marbecks Staff Pick 2018: Recording of the Year
Marking the centenary of Debussy's death on 25th March 1918, this album of chamber music is centred on the three sonatas the composer wrote during World War I, patriotically asserting himself as 'Claude Debussy, musicien français.' Six leading French musicians of today are the performers: pianist, Bertrand Chamayou, flautist, Emmanuel Pahud, violinist, Renaud Capuçon, cellist, Edgar Moreau, viola player, Gerard Caussé and harpist, Marie-Pierre Langlamet.
"Fantasy is certainly the unifying factor here. If there's such a thing as distinctly Gallic cello-playing, Edgar Moreau's narrow-bore sound and deft articulation surely embody it to perfection...Capuçon is sparing with the full richness of his tone - which paradoxically makes the whole thing only more sensuous."
Gramophone award nomination 2018 - Chamber
"Debussy's chamber oeuvre here is pure enchantment...All the performances are superb: this is a new generation of devastating Francophone instrumentalists." Sunday Times
"yet there's nothing precious about these wonderfully responsive, all-French performances...Some might prefer these sonatas in slightly less fulsome performances, but the sense of authority that runs through the whole disc is hard to resist." Guardian
'A sense of joy in collegial music-making pervades these performances' BBC Music Recording of the Month Christmas 2017
'This is luxury casting for Debussy, with a clutch of the finest Francophone musicians from across the generations coming together for the occasion. Their readings of the late sonatas are packed with glorious detail, while Renaud Capuçon, Bertrand Chamayou and Edgar Moreau make a great case for the early Piano Trio.' BBC Music Award WINNER 2018 - Chamber
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