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Debussy : The Complete Works

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EDITORIAL NOTES:


This complete edition brings together all Debussy’s known works. The one work that is not currently available is the orchestral version of an Intermezzo composed in June 1882. However, it is possible to form an idea of how this might have sounded thanks to Debussy’s own transcription of the piece for piano duet (7/6)2. The following works can be heard here in premiere recordings:


—the Chanson des brises (1882) for soprano solo, female chorus and piano four-hands (24/12), the complete manuscript of which has recently come to light;


—the first version (1898) of the two Chansons de Charles d’Orléans (25/5-6);


—Diane au bois (1885-87), a “comédie lyrique” for soprano, tenor and piano (26/1-4);


—the beginning of La Chute de la maison Usher, as it was when Debussy set the work aside in 1916 (30/6-10);


 


To this group of works, we have added the piano reductions of Khamma (4/13-16) – whose orchestration was mainly the work of Koechlin – and of Jeux (4/17), both of which provided the basis on which the choreography of the two ballets was devised. Moreover, some of Debussy’s transcriptions from the 1890s have never been recorded until now:


—À la fontaine, an arrangement for piano solo of Am Springbrunnen from Schumann’s Op.85 set of piano duets (2/20);


—Humoresque en forme de valse, an arrangement for piano solo of Raff’s Humoreske in Walzerform, Op.159, for piano duet (6/9);


—Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No.2 and Airs d’Étienne Marcel, arranged for two pianos, four hands (11/8-18);


 


In addition to the above, we have included several arrangements of Debussy’s works made by composers with whom he was on friendly terms. The complete edition contains all the transcriptions by André


Caplet (for piano solo, two pianos and orchestrations), even those carried out after Debussy’s death. Caplet’s orchestrations of two of the Ariettes oubliées (22/1415) are recorded here for the first time. Most of Caplet’s transcriptions received Debussy’s seal of approval, and the composer conducted the orchestral version of Children’s Corner (18/12-17) on several occasions and took part in performances of the two-piano version of Ibéria (10/57). The same applies to the arrangements made by Henri Busser, Jean Roger-Ducasse, Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht and Bernardino Molinari. Ravel’s transcriptions and orchestrations are testimony to his admiration for Debussy. Finally, it is worth noting that Debussy was on good terms with the violinist Arthur Hartmann and transcribed Minstrels (13/3), one of the piano Préludes, for his friend. The two men played the piece together at a concert on 5 February 1914, alongside two arrangements that Hartmann had made with the composer’s consent: another of the Préludes, La fille aux cheveux de lin (13/15), and the second of the Ariettes oubliées, Il pleure dans mon cœur (13/14).


Finally, this set features the only known acoustic recording of Debussy, accompanying Mary Garden (33/15-18) and made in February 1904 for the French Gramophone Company, as well as piano rolls of fourteen pieces made using the Welte-Mignon system and probably recorded by the composer in November 1913 (33/1-14).


Denis Herlin


© 2017 Warner Classics

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1
Danse bohémienne, CD 4, L. 9
Aldo Ciccolini
00:02:19

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Mazurka, CD 75, L. 67
Aldo Ciccolini
00:02:50

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Rêverie, CD 76, L. 68
Aldo Ciccolini
00:04:59

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Tarentelle styrienne, CD 77, L. 69
Aldo Ciccolini
00:05:12

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Ballade slave, CD 78, L. 70
Aldo Ciccolini
00:06:36

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Valse romantique, CD 79, L. 71
Aldo Ciccolini
00:03:32

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Suite bergamasque, L. 82: I. Prélude
Cécile Ousset
00:03:32

Claude Debussy, Composer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - David Groves, Producer - Cecile Ousset, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1989 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Suite bergamasque, L. 82: II. Menuet
Cécile Ousset
00:04:09

Claude Debussy, Composer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - David Groves, Producer - Cecile Ousset, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1989 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Suite bergamasque, L. 82: III. Clair de lune
Cécile Ousset
00:05:00

Claude Debussy, Composer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - David Groves, Producer - Cecile Ousset, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1989 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Suite bergamasque, L. 82: IV. Passepied
Cécile Ousset
00:04:07

Claude Debussy, Composer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - David Groves, Producer - Cecile Ousset, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1989 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Arabesques, L. 74: No. 1
Michel Béroff
00:03:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Michel Beroff, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1981 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Arabesques, L. 74: No. 2
Michel Béroff
00:03:13

Claude Debussy, Composer - Michel Beroff, Piano, MainArtist - Paul Vavasseur, Tonmeister - Eric Macleod, Producer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1981 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Nocturne, CD 89, L. 82
Aldo Ciccolini
00:07:16

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Images oubliées, CD 94, L. 87: No. 1, Lent
Aldo Ciccolini
00:04:03

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Images oubliées, CD 94, L. 87: No. 2, Dans le mouvement d'une "Sarabande", c'est-à-dire avec une élégance grave et lente, même un peu vieux portrait, souvenirs du Louvre...
Aldo Ciccolini
00:05:37

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Images oubliées, CD 94, L. 87: No. 3, Quelques aspects de "Nous n'irons plus au bois" parce qu'il fait un temps insupportable
Aldo Ciccolini
00:03:47

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Pour le piano, L. 95: I. Prélude
Samson François
00:04:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1962 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Pour le piano, L. 95: II. Sarabande
Samson François
00:04:30

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1962 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Pour le piano, L. 95: III. Toccata
Samson François
00:03:53

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1962 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

20
Estampes, L. 108: I. Pagodes
Youri Egorov
00:04:39

Claude Debussy, Composer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

21
Estampes, L. 108: II. La soirée dans Grenade
Youri Egorov
00:04:57

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

22
Estampes, L. 108: III. Jardins sous la pluie
Youri Egorov
00:03:38

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

23
D'un cahier d'esquisses, L. 112
Monique Haas
00:04:59

Claude Debussy, Composer - Monique Haas, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1972 Erato Disques, a Warner Music UK Division

24
Masques, L. 110
Monique Haas
00:04:59

Claude Debussy, Composer - Monique Haas, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1972 Erato Disques, a Warner Music UK Division

25
L'Isle joyeuse, L. 109a
Samson François
00:06:12

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1962/2010 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

26
Morceau de concours, CD 117, L. 108
Aldo Ciccolini
00:00:54

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

27
Images, L. 105, Book 1: I. Reflets dans l'eau
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
00:04:48

Claude Debussy, Composer - Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Teldec Classics, a Warner Music UK Division

28
Images, L. 105, Book 1: II. Hommage à Rameau
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
00:06:13

Claude Debussy, Composer - Christoph Classen, Producer - Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano, MainArtist - Tobias Lehmann, RecordingEngineer - Stefan Knüpfer, RecordingEngineer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Teldec Classics, a Warner Music UK Division

29
Images, L. 105, Book 1: III. Mouvement
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
00:03:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Christoph Classen, Producer - Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano, MainArtist - Tobias Lehmann, RecordingEngineer - Stefan Knüpfer, RecordingEngineer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Teldec Classics, a Warner Music UK Division

30
Children's Corner, L. 119a: I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Samson François
00:02:04

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1971 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

31
Children's Corner, L. 119a: II. Jimbo's Lullaby
Samson François
00:03:12

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1971 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

32
Children's Corner, L. 119a: III. Serenade for the Doll
Samson François
00:02:21

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1971 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

33
Children's Corner, L. 119a: IV. The Snow is Dancing
Samson François
00:02:52

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1971 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

34
Children's Corner, L. 119a: V. The Little Shepherd
Samson François
00:02:14

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1971 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

35
Children's Corner, L. 119a: VI. Golliwog's Cakewalk
Samson François
00:03:04

Claude Debussy, Composer - Samson Francois, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1971 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2010 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

36
12 Klavierstücke für kleine und grosse Kinder, Op. 85: IX. Am Springbrunnen (Transc. Debussy)
Jean-Pierre Armengaud
00:04:10

Claude Debussy, Transcriber - Robert Schumann, Composer - Jean-Pierre Armengaud, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

37
Images, L. 120, Book 2: I. Cloches à travers les feuilles
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
00:04:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Christoph Classen, Producer, Digital Editor - Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano, MainArtist - Tobias Lehmann, RecordingEngineer - Stefan Knüpfer, RecordingEngineer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Teldec Classics, a Warner Music UK Division

38
Images, L. 120, Book 2: II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
00:05:03

Claude Debussy, Composer - Christoph Classen, Producer, Digital Editor - Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano, MainArtist - Tobias Lehmann, RecordingEngineer - Stefan Knüpfer, RecordingEngineer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Teldec Classics, a Warner Music UK Division

39
Images, L. 120, Book 2: III. Poissons d'or
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
00:04:03

Claude Debussy, Composer - Christoph Classen, Producer, Digital Editor - Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano, MainArtist - Tobias Lehmann, RecordingEngineer - Stefan Knüpfer, RecordingEngineer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Teldec Classics, a Warner Music UK Division

40
Le petit nègre, CD 122, L. 114
Aldo Ciccolini
00:01:42

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

41
Hommage à Haydn, CD 123, L. 115
Aldo Ciccolini
00:02:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Aldo Ciccolini, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone/Warner Music France. Remastered (p) 2009 Parlophone/Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

42
Préludes, L. 125, Book 1: I. Danseuses de Delphes
Youri Egorov
00:03:28

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - Allan Ramsay, Remastering Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

43
Préludes, L. 125, Book 1: II. Voiles
Youri Egorov
00:03:44

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - Allan Ramsay, Remastering Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist - Oscar Caceres, Transcriber

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

44
Préludes, L. 125, Book 1: III. Le vent dans la plaine
Youri Egorov
00:02:02

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - Allan Ramsay, Remastering Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist - Oscar Caceres, Transcriber

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

45
Préludes, L. 125, Book 1: IV. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans I'air du soir
Youri Egorov
00:03:49

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - Allan Ramsay, Remastering Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist - Oscar Caceres, Transcriber

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

46
Préludes, L. 125, Book 1: V. Les collines d'Anacapri
Youri Egorov
00:02:57

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - Allan Ramsay, Remastering Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist - Oscar Caceres, Transcriber

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

47
Préludes, L. 125, Book 1: VI. Des pas sur la neige
Youri Egorov
00:04:19

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - Allan Ramsay, Remastering Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist - Oscar Caceres, Transcriber

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

48
Préludes, L. 125, Book 1: VII. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Youri Egorov
00:03:24

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - Allan Ramsay, Remastering Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist - Oscar Caceres, Transcriber

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

49
Préludes, Livre I, CD 125, L. 117: VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Youri Egorov
00:02:22

Claude Debussy, Composer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist - Oscar Caceres, Transcriber

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

50
Préludes, L. 125, Book 1: IX. La sérénade interrompue
Youri Egorov
00:02:34

Claude Debussy, Composer - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Tonmeister - Allan Ramsay, Remastering Engineer - Youri Egorov, Piano, MainArtist - Oscar Caceres, Transcriber

© 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1984 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

EDITORIAL NOTES:


This complete edition brings together all Debussy’s known works. The one work that is not currently available is the orchestral version of an Intermezzo composed in June 1882. However, it is possible to form an idea of how this might have sounded thanks to Debussy’s own transcription of the piece for piano duet (7/6)2. The following works can be heard here in premiere recordings:


—the Chanson des brises (1882) for soprano solo, female chorus and piano four-hands (24/12), the complete manuscript of which has recently come to light;


—the first version (1898) of the two Chansons de Charles d’Orléans (25/5-6);


—Diane au bois (1885-87), a “comédie lyrique” for soprano, tenor and piano (26/1-4);


—the beginning of La Chute de la maison Usher, as it was when Debussy set the work aside in 1916 (30/6-10);


 


To this group of works, we have added the piano reductions of Khamma (4/13-16) – whose orchestration was mainly the work of Koechlin – and of Jeux (4/17), both of which provided the basis on which the choreography of the two ballets was devised. Moreover, some of Debussy’s transcriptions from the 1890s have never been recorded until now:


—À la fontaine, an arrangement for piano solo of Am Springbrunnen from Schumann’s Op.85 set of piano duets (2/20);


—Humoresque en forme de valse, an arrangement for piano solo of Raff’s Humoreske in Walzerform, Op.159, for piano duet (6/9);


—Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No.2 and Airs d’Étienne Marcel, arranged for two pianos, four hands (11/8-18);


 


In addition to the above, we have included several arrangements of Debussy’s works made by composers with whom he was on friendly terms. The complete edition contains all the transcriptions by André


Caplet (for piano solo, two pianos and orchestrations), even those carried out after Debussy’s death. Caplet’s orchestrations of two of the Ariettes oubliées (22/1415) are recorded here for the first time. Most of Caplet’s transcriptions received Debussy’s seal of approval, and the composer conducted the orchestral version of Children’s Corner (18/12-17) on several occasions and took part in performances of the two-piano version of Ibéria (10/57). The same applies to the arrangements made by Henri Busser, Jean Roger-Ducasse, Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht and Bernardino Molinari. Ravel’s transcriptions and orchestrations are testimony to his admiration for Debussy. Finally, it is worth noting that Debussy was on good terms with the violinist Arthur Hartmann and transcribed Minstrels (13/3), one of the piano Préludes, for his friend. The two men played the piece together at a concert on 5 February 1914, alongside two arrangements that Hartmann had made with the composer’s consent: another of the Préludes, La fille aux cheveux de lin (13/15), and the second of the Ariettes oubliées, Il pleure dans mon cœur (13/14).


Finally, this set features the only known acoustic recording of Debussy, accompanying Mary Garden (33/15-18) and made in February 1904 for the French Gramophone Company, as well as piano rolls of fourteen pieces made using the Welte-Mignon system and probably recorded by the composer in November 1913 (33/1-14).


Denis Herlin


© 2017 Warner Classics

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