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Debussy : Préludes du 2e Livre, La Mer

Alexander Melnikov - Olga Pashchenko

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Released as one of nine new albums dedicated to Debussy by harmonia mundi to mark the centenary of the French composer's birth, this volume offers the Second Book of the Preludes played by Alexander Melnikov on an Erard piano. The world of Debussyan piano relied so heavily on timbre that pianists and editors alike often prefer one or another make so as to get a grip on the specificities of the music. Alexander Melnikov is one of those rare Russian artists to take an interest in ancient instruments. This student of Sviatoslav Richter was quickly captivated by this kind of work, working with Andreas Staier and Alexey Lubimov and playing with specialised ensembles like the Concerto Köln or the Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik. His performance of the Preludes by Debussy at London's Wigmore Hall was particularly well received by critics who described the Russian pianist as a "sorcerer" who is highlighting "ravishing", "violent", "terrifying" music. An iridescent orchestral masterpiece, La Mer is difficult to boil down to a four-handed piano piece, and Debussy disowned his transcription, leaving it to André Caplet to prepare another one for two four-handed pianos. Alexandre Melnikov and Olga Pashchenko have taken up the challenge to prove that the auteur's transcription is not at all "unplayable". © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Préludes, Livre 2, L. 123 (Claude Debussy)

1
I. Brouillards. Modéré
Alexander Melnikov
00:03:11

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

2
II. Feuilles mortes. Lent et mélancolique
Alexander Melnikov
00:03:17

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

3
III. La Puerta del vino. Mouvement de “Habanera”
Alexander Melnikov
00:03:16

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

4
IV. Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses. Rapide et léger
Alexander Melnikov
00:02:55

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

5
V. Bruyères. Calme
Alexander Melnikov
00:02:47

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

6
VI. General Lavine”- excentric. Dans le style et le mouvement d’un Cake-Walk
Alexander Melnikov
00:02:48

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

7
VII. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune. Lent
Alexander Melnikov
00:05:01

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

8
VIII. Ondine. Scherzando
Alexander Melnikov
00:03:07

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

9
IX. Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C. Grave
Alexander Melnikov
00:02:36

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

10
X. Canope. Très calme et doucement triste
Alexander Melnikov
00:03:17

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

11
XI. Les tierces alternées. Modérément animé
Alexander Melnikov
00:02:31

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

12
XII. Feux d’artifice. Modérément animé
Alexander Melnikov
00:04:29

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

La Mer, L. 109 (Claude Debussy)

13
I. De l’aube à midi sur la mer (Transcribed for four-hand piano)
Olga Pashchenko
00:08:09

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Olga Pashchenko, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer, Arranger - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

14
II. Jeux de vagues (Transcribed for four-hand piano)
Alexander Melnikov
00:07:22

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Olga Pashchenko, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer, Arranger - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

15
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer (Transcribed for four-hand piano)
Olga Pashchenko
00:08:37

Alexander Melnikov, Piano - Olga Pashchenko, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer, Arranger - Copyright Contol, MusicPublisher

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

Album Description

Released as one of nine new albums dedicated to Debussy by harmonia mundi to mark the centenary of the French composer's birth, this volume offers the Second Book of the Preludes played by Alexander Melnikov on an Erard piano. The world of Debussyan piano relied so heavily on timbre that pianists and editors alike often prefer one or another make so as to get a grip on the specificities of the music. Alexander Melnikov is one of those rare Russian artists to take an interest in ancient instruments. This student of Sviatoslav Richter was quickly captivated by this kind of work, working with Andreas Staier and Alexey Lubimov and playing with specialised ensembles like the Concerto Köln or the Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik. His performance of the Preludes by Debussy at London's Wigmore Hall was particularly well received by critics who described the Russian pianist as a "sorcerer" who is highlighting "ravishing", "violent", "terrifying" music. An iridescent orchestral masterpiece, La Mer is difficult to boil down to a four-handed piano piece, and Debussy disowned his transcription, leaving it to André Caplet to prepare another one for two four-handed pianos. Alexandre Melnikov and Olga Pashchenko have taken up the challenge to prove that the auteur's transcription is not at all "unplayable". © François Hudry/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded October 2016 & June 2017, Teldex Studio Berlin

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