Claude Debussy

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Debussy, Dukas, Roussel, etc review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
The RLPO’s new chief conductor’s first recording with his orchestra brings together three key French ballet scores from the early 20th century

Andrew Clements

06, Oct, 2022 @4:15 PM

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Prom 44: BBCSO/Oramo review – Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D played with gravitas and grandeur
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brought dynamic shading to Smyth’s at times forbidding work, and conjured sensuous beauty from Debussy’s Nocturnes

Tim Ashley

21, Aug, 2022 @11:45 AM

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Leif Ove Andsnes/Marc-André Hamelin review – duo bring uncompromising brilliance to Stravinsky
The pianists united to play Stravinsky’s overwhelming and savage two-piano version of the Rite of Spring, with Adams, Schumann and Debussy in the first half

Andrew Clements

31, May, 2022 @11:33 AM

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Poétiques de l’Instant: works by Debussy and Balmer review – thoughtful and rewarding
Chamber works from the beginning and end of the composer’s career combine with a modern echo in this elegant collection

Andrew Clements

14, Apr, 2022 @1:40 PM

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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Period instruments and French voices add an extra dimension to François-Xavier Roth’s recording

Andrew Clements

20, Jan, 2022 @3:00 PM

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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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