Debussy: Études (with Messiaen: Fauvettes de l'Hérault - Concert des garrigues)

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Debussy: Études (with Messiaen: Fauvettes de l'Hérault - Concert des garrigues)
Roger Muraro (piano)

[ Harmonia Mundi Debussy Centenary Edition / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 30 November 2018

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Marking one hundred years since the death of Claude Debussy, the harmonia mundi family of artists wished to pay homage to the acknowledged 'father of modern music.' For this final volume in our series of tributes to the composer, Roger Muraro presents the first recording of Fauvettes de l'Hérault ('Warblers of the Hérault') which he assembled from Olivier Messiaen's planned concerto in honor of Debussy, left in sketch form. As for the Debussy Études which date from some 40 years earlier, the composer had dedicated them "to the memory of Frédéric Chopin."

"It is well worth catching up on Debussy recordings from 2018, being the centenary of his death. There were many fine releases from major record labels (notably Harmonia Mundi and Warner Classics). French pianist Roger Muraro's recording of Debussy's etudes, with Messiaen, is a notable example. The etudes, among Debussy's last compositions (1915), are simply captivating. Muraro is a top-notch musician; he performs wonderfully on a finely balanced recording. Highly recommended." Nicholas Butler/Marbecks


Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)

Douze Études pour le piano
"À la mémoire de Frédéric Chopin"

Livre I
I. Pour les "cinq doigts" - d'après Monsieur Czerny. Sagement
II. Pour les tierces. Moderato, ma non troppo
III. Pour les quartes. Andantino con moto
IV. Pour les sixtes. Lento
V. Pour les octaves. Joyeux et emporté, librement rythmé
VI. Pour les huit doigts. Vivamente, molto leggiero e legato

Livre II
VII. Pour les degrés chromatiques. Scherzando, animato assai
VIII. Pour les agréments. Lento, rubato e leggiero
IX. Pour les notes répétées. Scherzando
X. Pour les sonorités opposées. Modéré, sans lenteur
XI. Pour les arpèges composés. Dolce e lusigando
XII. Pour les accords. Décidé, rythmé, sans lourdeur

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992)

Fauvettes de l'Hérault
Concert des garrigues
Pour piano seul - Œuvre organisée par Roger Muraro (d'après les esquisses d'un concerto)

Première section A
Deuxième section B
Troisième section A'