Claude Debussy

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Debussy: where to start with his music
He created a new world of ravishing instrumental colour and constantly shifting sensations and images. He brought new breath to the art of music, said Boulez. Did modern music start with Debussy?

Andrew Clements

07, Oct, 2020 @11:20 AM

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Escales: Orchestral Works Sinfonia London Wilson review | Andrew Clements' classical album of the week
Sinfonia of London/John Wilson
(Chandos)
The selection of familiar and less-so works by turn of the 20th-century French composers are played with subtlety and colour

Andrew Clements

06, Feb, 2020 @3:00 PM

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Debussy: Les Trois Sonates, the Late Works CD review – touching reminders of wartime vulnerability
Harmonia Mundi musicians including Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queyras pay tribute to the composer’s melancholic final works

Andrew Clements

22, Nov, 2018 @3:00 PM

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Pelléas et Mélisande review – crashing symbols overpower doomed lovers
The many layers of Stefan Herheim’s staging prove detaching distractions from the twisted mystery of the Debussy tragedy

Andrew Clements

01, Jul, 2018 @1:03 PM

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Tombeau de Debussy review – Ravel and Satie's moving tributes
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performed memorial pieces by Debussy’s contemporaries alongside new works to mark the centenary of the composer’s death

Andrew Clements

26, Mar, 2018 @11:19 AM

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Home listening: Debussy the great modernist, ‘more radical than Stravinsky’
Tom Service hails the French composer’s abstract music-making, while Warner Classics and DG go head to head with centenary Complete Works box sets

Nicholas Kenyon

25, Mar, 2018 @7:00 AM

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The week in classical: La traviata; Debussy festival; Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining – review
A clunky libretto isn’t the only hazard in ENO’s scrambled new Traviata. Elsewhere, a luscious celebration of Debussy, and Vivaldi with puppets – and a few tears

Fiona Maddocks

25, Mar, 2018 @6:30 AM

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The week in radio: The King and Kennedy Assassinations; Perfect Husband, Pitiable Artist
Michael Goldfarb goes fascinatingly in-depth on the murders of MLK and Robert Kennedy, while pianist Lucy Parham takes on the life of Debussy

Miranda Sawyer

25, Mar, 2018 @5:59 AM

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Debussy by Stephen Walsh review – a fine biography of a painter in sound
The French composer was once dismissed as a Romantic or ‘impressionist’ who prioritised mood and feeling. This life digs deep into his innovations

Kathryn Hughes

24, Mar, 2018 @10:00 AM

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Debussy festival – CBSO salute a genius with sweeping celebration
The city’s classical institutions delivered inspired performances of all of Debussy’s orchestral and chamber music, and paid tribute to his musical legacy

Andrew Clements

19, Mar, 2018 @11:24 AM

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Pollini - Debussy: Préludes II; En Blanc et Noir review

Andrew Clements

21, Feb, 2018 @2:45 PM

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Philharmonia/Heras-Casado review – ravishing Ravel and magnificent Debussy
Pablo Heras-Casado and Pierre-Laurent Aimard were captivating in an outstanding programme of late 19th- and early 20th-century French music

Tim Ashley

24, Jan, 2018 @10:30 AM

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