The Best of AchilleClaude Debussy (22 August 1862 25 March 1918)
Pianist: Pascal Rogé
Along with Maurice Ravel, Debussy was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions. In France, he was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. Debussy was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of nontraditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed. Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent eschewing of tonality. The French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant.
(0:00) Rêverie (4:54) Pour le piano: Sarabande (11:29) Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune (17:21) Estampes: Jardins sous la pluie (20:49) Deux Arabesques: Andantino con moto (24:45) Images Book 1 Reflets dans l'eau (29:45) Childrens Corner: Golliwogg's Cakewalk (32:43) Preludes: Cathedrale engloutie (39:13) Danses sacree et danse profane (49:20) Printemps: Modere (55:29) Prélude à l'aprèsmidi d'un faune (1:05:20) Sonata for Cello & Piano: I Prologue (1:10:32) Violin Sonata: Intermède fantasque et léger. II (1:14:39) Nocturnes: Fetes (1:21:17) Images for orchestra 2a. Iberia Par Les Rues (1:28:27) La Mer 1. De l'aube à midi sur la mer. Très lent (1:37:02) La Mer 2. Jeux de vagues. Allegro (1:43:15) String Quartet No. 1, Op 10. Assez vif et bien rythmé