Phillippe Cassard - undertaking the entire solo Piano output of Debussy.

Phillippe Cassard Plays Music Of Debussy – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Phillippe Cassard - undertaking the entire solo Piano output of Debussy.
Phillippe Cassard – undertaking the entire solo Piano output of Debussy.

Over to Paris this week for one day of a multi-day recital of the complete solo Piano music of Claude Debussy, as well as music by other composers who inspired Debussy, performed by Pianist Phillippe Cassard.

A pretty Herculean task, if you ask me. The whole recital was recorded in October in Paris. This concert was recorded by the venerable Radio France Musique on October 21st.

From his website:

Philippe Cassard has established an international reputation as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician since giving a joint recital with Christa Ludwig in Paris in 1985. The same year he was finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition and in 1988 he won the First Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition.

His concerto appearances include performances with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Wales, Orchester National de France, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra… He has worked with many conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Sir Roger Norrington , Yan Pascal Tortelier, Charles Dutoit, Armin Jordan, Marek Janowski, Vladimir Fedosseiv…

His performance of the complete piano works of Debussy (four recitals in a single day) received extremely enthusiastic press and media coverage. He has presented the cycle in London Wigmore Hall, Dublin, Paris, Lisbon, Sydney, Vancouver, Singapore and Tokyo. He also visits China, Australia, South America and Canada regularly.

Philippe plays a huge repertoire of chamber music, he has appeared with such artists as Wolfgang Holzmair, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Karine Deshayes, Donna Brown, Paul Meyer, Jörg Widmann, Matt Haimovitz, Isabelle Faust, the Ebene, Takacs, Vanbrugh, Danish, Chilingirian string quartets.

Here’s what’s on the program:

Claude Debussy:
1. Images oubliées (1894) 1- Lent (mélancolique et doux) N°1 2- Souvenir du Louvre N°2 3- Quelques aspects de « Nous n’irons plus au bois » parce qu’il fait un temps insupportable N°3
2. Frédéric Chopin: Berceuse en ré bémol majeur Op.57 (1844) –
Images Livre I L 110 (1901, 1905) 1- Reflets dans l’eau 2- Homamge à Rameau 3- Mouvement
3. Estampes 1- Pagodes 2- La soirée dans Grenade 3- Jardins sous la pluie
4.3 pièces (1904) 1- Masques 2- D’un cahier d’esquisses 3- L’Isle joyeuse L 106
5. Children’s Corner L 113 (1906, 1908) 1- Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum 2- Jimbo’s Lullaby 3- Serenade for the doll 4- The snow is dancing 5- The little shepherd 6- Golliwogg’s cake-walk
6. Morceau de concours L 108 (1903, 1904) Le petit nègre L 114 (1909) Hommage à Haydn L 115 (1909)
7. Images, Livre II L 111 (1907) 1- Cloches à travers les feuilles 2- Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut 3- Poissons d’or

Philippe Cassard, piano Concert donné le 21 octobre 2012, Salle Gavea.
It’s safe to say this concert hands-down qualifies as an Anti-Road Rage Special.


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