Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano), Tanguy de Williencourt (piano), Magali Mosnier (flute), Antoine Tamestit viola), Xavier de Maistre (harp), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Javier Perianes (piano)
A century after his death on 25 March 1918, many harmonia mundi artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great ‘colourist’ and father of modern music.
In the three chamber sonatas, here combined with the composer’s final pieces for solo piano, we attain the purity, the absolute concision, the distant and mysterious world that give these works a testamentary dimension.
Violin Sonata in G minor
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in F Major, L. 137
Berceuse héroïque, L. 132: Pour piano. Modéré (sans lenteur)
Pièce pour le Vêtement du blessé, L. 133: Modéré
Élégie, L. 138: Pour piano. Lent et douloureux
Les Soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon in A-flat major, CD. 150: Pour piano. Lent et rêveur
"Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov’s account of the Violin Sonata, Debussy’s last completed score, embraces exquisite fragility and strength in equal measure...Jean-Guihen Queyras and Javier Perianes’s performance of the Cello Sonata, noble in manner and grand in scale, balances the austere grief of the opening movement with understated wit in the Sérénade...Listen to it in a single sitting, and in the right playing order: it’s extraordinarily moving."
Gramophone Magazine - November 2018
"Isabelle Faust is a superb, sinewy soloist for the Violin Sonata, with Melnikov a strong partner. The Sonata for flute, viola and harp is gorgeous, so ephemeral it seems hardly there. The energy of the finale is all present and correct, but again so elusive. This is, surely, a definitive performance; the recording is perfectly judged. Williencourt plays the sombre Elegie superbly; Perianes provides a different, more assertive piano sound for the Cello Sonata. Queyras’ control in this piece is definitive, as is his eloquence."
Classical Music - November 2018 *****
"Until recently this music was almost invariably viewed and experienced through a prism of 19th-century rhetoric – listening to Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov deftly tracing the evanescent contours of the Violin Sonata comes therefore as something of a revelation…Most striking of all is the enchanting triple sonata, whose harp-inflected musings appear to float free of musical gravity in this hypnotic account…One of the most captivating releases of the Debussy centenary year."
BBC Music Magazine - Christmas 2018 *****
"...Het klankresultaat is meer een aquarel dan een olieverfschilderij en we kunnen op deze manier een nieuwe relatie met dit prachtwerk opbouwen..."
LUISTER MAGAZINE 735 - LUISTER TIEN