Debussy: Les Trois Sonates, The Late Debussy

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Debussy: Les Trois Sonates, The Late Debussy
Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Javier Perianes (piano), etc

[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 26 October 2018

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A century after his death on 25 March 1918, many Harmonia Mundi artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great 'colourist' and father of modern music. In the three chamber sonatas, here combined with the composer's final pieces for solo piano, we attain the purity, the absolute concision, the distant and mysterious world that give these works a testamentary dimension.


"Isabelle Faust is a superb, sinewy soloist for the Violin Sonata, with Melnikov a strong partner. The Sonata for flute, viola and harp is gorgeous, so ephemeral it seems hardly there. The energy of the finale is all present and correct, but again so elusive. This is, surely, a definitive performance; the recording is perfectly judged. Williencourt plays the sombre Elegie superbly; Perianes provides a different, more assertive piano sound for the Cello Sonata. Queyras' control in this piece is definitive, as is his eloquence." ClassicalMusic Five Stars

"Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov's account of the Violin Sonata, Debussy's last completed score, embraces exquisite fragility and strength in equal measure...Jean-Guihen Queyras and Javier Perianes's performance of the Cello Sonata, noble in manner and grand in scale, balances the austere grief of the opening movement with understated wit in the Sérénade...Listen to it in a single sitting, and in the right playing order: it's extraordinarily moving." Gramophone November 2018 Editor's Choice


Les Trois Sonates
The Late works

[Troisième] Sonate pour violon et piano
sol mineur / G minor/ g-Moll
1 I. Allegro vivo
2 II. Intermède. Fantasque et léger
3 III. Finale. Très animé

4 Berceuse héroïque - Pour rendre hommage à S. M. le roi Albert 1er de Belgique et à ses soldats"
Pour piano. Modéré (sans lenteur)

5 Page d'album - Pour l'Œuvre du "Vêtement du blessé

[Deuxième] Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe
Fa majeur / F major / F-Dur
6 I. Pastorale. Lento, dolce rubato
7 II. Interlude. Tempo di minuetto
8 III. Finale. Allegro moderato ma risoluto

9 Élégie
Pour piano. Lent et douloureux

[Première] Sonate pour violoncelle et piano
ré mineur / D minor / d-Moll
10 I. Prologue. Lent. Sostenuto e molto risoluto
11 II. Sérénade. Modérément animé. Fantasque et léger
12 III. Finale. Animé. Léger et nerveux

13 Les Soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon
Pour piano. Lent et rêveur