Debussy: Les Trois Sonates, The Late Works

Debussy: Les Trois Sonates, The Late Works

Xavier de Maistre, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Isabelle Faust, Javier Perianes, Antoine Tamestit, Tanguy de Williencourt, Magali Mosnier

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German violinist Isabelle Faust has her father’s after-work hobby to thank for her discovery of the violin. Beginning lessons in his 30s, his studies exposed the young Isabelle to the instrument, and she was soon out-performing him in every aspect of music-making. Faust enjoys a busy career as a soloist and chamber musician and boasts an extensive discography. This 2018 release attracted accolades from BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and the International Classical Music Awards. Featuring the chamber music of Claude Debussy performed by a selection of outstanding musicians, Faust opens the album with a wonderful performance of the 1917 Sonata in G Minor, accompanied by Alexander Melnikov.

Tracklist

  • Violin Sonata in G Minor, L. 140: I. Allegro vivo

    Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov

    5:24

  • Violin Sonata in G Minor, L. 140: II. Intermède. Fantasque et léger

    Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov

    4:17

  • Violin Sonata in G Minor, L. 140: III. Finale. Très animé

    Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov

    4:31

  • Berceuse héroïque, L. 132: Pour piano. Modéré (sans lenteur)

    Tanguy de Williencourt

    4:35

  • Pièce pour le Vêtement du blessé, L. 133: Modéré

    Tanguy de Williencourt

    0:54

  • Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in F Major, L. 137: I. Pastorale. Lento, dolce rubato

    Xavier de Maistre, Antoine Tamestit, Magali Mosnier

    6:55

  • Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in F Major, L. 137: II. Interlude. Tempo di minuetto

    Xavier de Maistre, Antoine Tamestit, Magali Mosnier

    5:58

  • Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in F Major, L. 137: III. Finale. Allegro moderato ma risoluto

    Xavier de Maistre, Magali Mosnier, Antoine Tamestit

    4:40

  • Élégie, L. 138: Pour piano. Lent et douloureux

    Tanguy de Williencourt

    2:23

  • Cello Sonata in D Minor, L. 135: I. Prologue. Lent. Sostenuto e molto risoluto

    Jean-Guihen Queyras, Javier Perianes

    4:44

  • Cello Sonata in D Minor, L. 135: II. Sérénade. Modérément animé. Fantasque et léger

    Jean-Guihen Queyras, Javier Perianes

    3:54

  • Cello Sonata in D Minor, L. 135: III. Finale. Animé. Léger et nerveux

    Jean-Guihen Queyras, Javier Perianes

    3:25

  • Les Soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon in A-flat major, CD. 150: Pour piano. Lent et rêveur

    Tanguy de Williencourt

    2:16

  • Total playing time

    54:00

Album review

“Marking the centennial of Claude Debussy's death, Harmonia Mundi has steadily released multiple volumes in a 2018 series of his complete works, freshly recorded by some of the label's leading artists. Debussy: Les Trois Sonates - The Late Works, like previous titles in the acclaimed series, is presented in a handsome trim-line box, though this release contains only a single CD and a thin booklet, so it is a bit over-packaged. However, the evocative performances of the Sonata for violin and piano, the Sonata for flute, viola, and harp, and the Sonata for cello and piano make the purchase worthwhile, and connoisseurs will regard this as one of the most sublime Debussy releases of the year. Featuring violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov in the Violin Sonata, Debussy's last completed work; flutist Magali Mosnier, violist Antoine Tamestit, and harpist Xavier de Maistre in the Sonata for flute, viola, and harp; and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Javier Perianes in the Cello Sonata, the program boasts artists of exceptional artistry and expressive depth, all ideally suited to these refined and sometimes rarefied works. Interspersed between the chamber compositions are four keyboard works, performed by Tanguy de Williencourt in somewhat introspective readings that complement the more conversational ensemble pieces, though in Debussy's music, the emphasis on atmosphere tends to make everything seem reflective and intimate. The recorded sound is clean and transparent, which is ideal for capturing subtle nuances in quiet passages.”

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    Released

    2018

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