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Debussy - The Philips recordings 1951-1957

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A brainchild of two veterans of the Philips label – including Tom Deacon, the instigator of the phenomenal "The Great Pianists of the 20th Century" in the 1990s – this re-release of the recordings of the complete works of Debussy played by Hans Henkemans for the Dutch label from 1951 to 1957 will remain one of the most beautiful celebrations marking this centenary year. These historic recordings, which have yet to be released as a single collection, were made at about the same time as the recordings by Marcelle Meyer (Les Discophiles Français), Albert Ferber (Ducretet-Thomson), Walter Gieseking (His Master's Voice), Menahem Pressler (MGM Records) and Reine Gianoli (Westminster): but they stand out from their contemporaries for their concern for textual precision and above all a complete absence of impressionism. The composer Hans Henkeman, born in 1913 and a major figure in the musical life of the Netherlands from the 1930s to the 1960s, was mainly interested in the range of the French composer's rhythmic vocabulary.
Very often, and in particular in modern cycles (Estampes, Images, Children's Corner), the rhythm seems to overshadow the purely harmonic aspect, even if Hans Henkemans' naturally clear and limpid piano playing style reproduces these elements of Debussy's musical world without adulteration. Reflets dans l’eau stuns with its rapid tempo, its somewhat pithy expressiveness, but also with its fiery surges, its powerful accents in the fortissimo passages: there is also a freedom, a great broadness, in Henkemans' piano, which lends an almost austere aspect to the music's overall rhythmic stature. Moreover, Cloches à travers les feuilles, the greatest and also the most difficult of the Images pour piano, surprises the listener as much for its variations at a fulgurating tempo as for the great clarity of its articulation. But for many, the best of Henkemans' treasury of Debussy remains the 12 Etudes, where, naturally, his strict and utterly original playing style is perfectly matched to this mature, extreme cycle. Few musicians have brought such speed to Pour les degrés chromatiques or such a rage to Pour les agréments. Stunning!

As Tom Deacon quite rightly puts it in the liner notes, "these interpretations can and should be seen as the forerunners of the modern approach to Debussy represented by the late Charles Rosen, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and even the young Michel Béroff as well as by the conductor Pierre Boulez, all of whom worked to strip the carbuncles from Debussy's music that are simply the result of the normal wear and tear of successive generations of mis(or should I say over-)interpretations. This re-release should really set the record straight. © PYL/Qobuz

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Préludes / Book 1, L.117 (Claude Debussy)

1
1. Danseuses de Delphes
00:03:12

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Voiles
00:04:07

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Le vent dans la plaine
00:02:11

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

4
4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
00:03:53

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

5
5. Les collines d'Anacapri
00:03:03

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

6
6. Des pas sur la neige
00:04:13

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

7
7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
00:02:53

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

8
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
00:02:45

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

9
9. La sérénade interrompue
00:02:16

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

10
10. La cathédrale engloutie
00:05:43

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

11
11. La danse de Puck
00:03:12

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

12
12. Minstrels
00:01:56

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1951 Universal International Music B.V.

Préludes - Book 2, L.123 (Claude Debussy)

13
1. Brouillards
00:03:31

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

14
2. Feuilles mortes
00:03:39

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

15
3. La puerta del vino
00:03:20

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

16
4. "Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses"
00:02:53

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

17
5. Bruyères
00:02:59

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

18
6. "General Lavine" - eccentric
00:02:27

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

19
7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
00:04:20

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

20
8. Ondine
00:03:22

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

21
9. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
00:02:31

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

22
10. Canope
00:02:54

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

23
11. Les tierces alternées
00:02:54

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

24
12. Feux d'artifice
00:04:10

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

12 Etudes, L.136 (Claude Debussy)

25
1. Pour les "cinq doigts" (d'après Monsieur Czerny)
00:03:08

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

26
2. Pour les Tierces
00:03:32

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

27
3. Pour les Quartes
00:05:12

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

28
4. Pour les Sixtes
00:04:23

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

29
5. Pour les Octaves
00:02:46

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

30
6. Pour les huit doigts
00:01:38

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

31
7. Pour les Degrés chromatiques
00:02:06

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

32
8. Pour les Agréments
00:05:02

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

33
9. Pour les Notes répétées
00:02:55

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

34
10. Pour les Sonorités opposées
00:05:44

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

35
11. Pour les Arpèges composés
00:04:11

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

36
12. Pour les Accords
00:04:39

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1955 Universal International Music B.V.

Images - Book 1, L. 110 (Claude Debussy)

37
1. Reflets dans l'eau
00:04:43

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Henk Jansen, Recording Engineer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1956 Universal International Music B.V.

38
2. Hommage à Rameau
00:06:39

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Henk Jansen, Recording Engineer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1956 Universal International Music B.V.

39
3. Mouvement
00:03:20

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Henk Jansen, Recording Engineer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1956 Universal International Music B.V.

Images - Book 2, L. 111 (Claude Debussy)

40
1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
00:04:28

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Henk Jansen, Recording Engineer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1956 Universal International Music B.V.

41
2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
00:05:13

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Henk Jansen, Recording Engineer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1956 Universal International Music B.V.

42
3. Poissons d'or
00:03:25

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Henk Jansen, Recording Engineer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1956 Universal International Music B.V.

Deux Arabesques L. 66 (Claude Debussy)

43
No. 1 Andante con moto
00:04:01

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

44
No. 2 Allegretto scherzando
00:03:17

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1952 Universal International Music B.V.

Tarentelle styrienne (Danse), L.77a (Claude Debussy)

45
Tarentelle styrienne (Danse), L.77a
00:04:44

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1957 Universal International Music B.V.

Ballade slave, L.70 (Claude Debussy)

46
Ballade slave, L.70
00:06:39

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1957 Universal International Music B.V.

Mazurka, L. 67 (Claude Debussy)

47
Mazurka, L. 67
00:02:48

Claude Debussy, Composer - Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Henk Jansen, Recording Engineer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1961 Universal International Music B.V.

48
Rêverie, L.76
00:04:07

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Henk Jansen, Recording Engineer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1961 Universal International Music B.V.

Valse romantique, L. 71 (Claude Debussy)

49
Valse romantique, L. 71
00:03:34

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - (Henk Jansen, Recording Engineer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer)

℗ 1961 Universal International Music B.V.

Suite Bergamasque, L.75 (Claude Debussy)

50
1. Prélude
00:03:47

Hans Henkemans, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer

℗ 1957 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

A brainchild of two veterans of the Philips label – including Tom Deacon, the instigator of the phenomenal "The Great Pianists of the 20th Century" in the 1990s – this re-release of the recordings of the complete works of Debussy played by Hans Henkemans for the Dutch label from 1951 to 1957 will remain one of the most beautiful celebrations marking this centenary year. These historic recordings, which have yet to be released as a single collection, were made at about the same time as the recordings by Marcelle Meyer (Les Discophiles Français), Albert Ferber (Ducretet-Thomson), Walter Gieseking (His Master's Voice), Menahem Pressler (MGM Records) and Reine Gianoli (Westminster): but they stand out from their contemporaries for their concern for textual precision and above all a complete absence of impressionism. The composer Hans Henkeman, born in 1913 and a major figure in the musical life of the Netherlands from the 1930s to the 1960s, was mainly interested in the range of the French composer's rhythmic vocabulary.
Very often, and in particular in modern cycles (Estampes, Images, Children's Corner), the rhythm seems to overshadow the purely harmonic aspect, even if Hans Henkemans' naturally clear and limpid piano playing style reproduces these elements of Debussy's musical world without adulteration. Reflets dans l’eau stuns with its rapid tempo, its somewhat pithy expressiveness, but also with its fiery surges, its powerful accents in the fortissimo passages: there is also a freedom, a great broadness, in Henkemans' piano, which lends an almost austere aspect to the music's overall rhythmic stature. Moreover, Cloches à travers les feuilles, the greatest and also the most difficult of the Images pour piano, surprises the listener as much for its variations at a fulgurating tempo as for the great clarity of its articulation. But for many, the best of Henkemans' treasury of Debussy remains the 12 Etudes, where, naturally, his strict and utterly original playing style is perfectly matched to this mature, extreme cycle. Few musicians have brought such speed to Pour les degrés chromatiques or such a rage to Pour les agréments. Stunning!

As Tom Deacon quite rightly puts it in the liner notes, "these interpretations can and should be seen as the forerunners of the modern approach to Debussy represented by the late Charles Rosen, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and even the young Michel Béroff as well as by the conductor Pierre Boulez, all of whom worked to strip the carbuncles from Debussy's music that are simply the result of the normal wear and tear of successive generations of mis(or should I say over-)interpretations. This re-release should really set the record straight. © PYL/Qobuz

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