Debussy: The Complete Works (33CD)

Warner Classics
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This 33-CD set, comprising outstanding recordings selected by Debussy experts, exemplifies the depth and breadth of the Warner Classics catalogue and the label’s commitment to producing comprehensive landmark editions of the highest quality.

Being complete, the set complements much-loved masterpieces, the foundation of Debussy’s reputation, with works that remain lesser-known or which have even remained undiscovered until now.

It includes transcriptions/orchestrations of Debussy’s works by other composers that Debussy himself approved, and also Debussy’s own transcriptions of works by other composers, some of them previously unrecorded.

Among the works given world-premiere recordings are:

• Chanson des brises (1882) for female voices and piano

• Diane au bois (1885-87) for soprano, ténor et piano

• The first version (1898) of the Chansons de Charles d’Orléans;

• Fragments of the opera La Chute de la maison Usher (1916) as Debussy left it

• Piano reductions of Khamma and Jeux by the composer.

Debussy himself can be heard accompanying the Scottish soprano Mary Garden (his original Mélisande) in the Ariettes oubliées and a short extract from Pelléas et Mélisande, and in various piano works, recorded for the gramophone and in the form of piano rolls.

The recording of the mystery play with music Le Martyre de saint Sébastien, conducted by André Cluytens, is the only recording to present Gabriele d’Annunzio’s complete text.

Among the French/adoptive French/French-Canadian performers are:

PIANISTS Pierre-Laurent Aimard • Michel Béroff • Philippe Cassard • Bertrand Chamayou • Aldo Ciccolini • Jean-Philippe Collard • Claude Debussy • Jérôme Ducros • Jacques Février • Samson François

INSTRUMENTALISTS Renaud Capuçon • Maurice Gendron • Emmanuel Pahud • Lily Laskine • Quatuor Ebène

SINGERS Roberto Alagna • Natalie Dessay • Karina Gauvin • Véronique Gens • Philippe Jaroussky • François Le Roux • Mady Mesplé • Gérard Souzay • José van Dam • Rachel Yakar

ACTRESS Delphine Seyrig

CONDUCTORS André Cluytens • Jean Martinon • Michel Plasson • Manuel Rosenthal • François-Xavier Roth

Among the other major artists are:

PIANISTS Martha Argerich • Yuri Egorov INSTRUMENTALISTS Yehudi Menuhin • Itzhak Perlman SINGERS Elly Ameling • Mary Garden • Rita Gorr • Barbara Hendricks CONDUCTORS Daniel Barenboim • James Conlon • Mikko Franck •Carlo Maria Giulini • Armin Jordan • Kent Nagano • Sir Simon Rattle

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Reviews:

Diapason

"Exhaustive, the sum of the crème de la crème of the discography...THE Debussy box set to have…No richer panorama exists for the melodies (the complete EMI recordings alongside never-before-released treasures unearthed by Denis Herlin for Ligia), the chicest Enfant prodigue (Alagna, Gauvin and Lapointe!), the only complete Martyre de saint Sébastien (Véra Korène in the title-role and Cluytens at the podium), the sole Rodrigue et Chimène in the discography (revived by Nagano), the cantatas for the Prix de Rome that made Hervé Niquet’s reputation, piles of transcriptions for piano and orchestra."

The Guardian

4 Stars

"Presented chronologically within each genre, it’s a scrupulously assembled and documented collection...As a reference source it is invaluable, especially for tracking down some of the early songs or more obscure fragments of orchestral music...There are very few musicological loose ends here, and to have all these rarities as well as the masterpieces available in a single package (though without any texts and translations), makes it a very satisfying survey."

The Observer

"Two big rival boxes of Debussy CDs have appeared: both are labelled Complete Works, but Warner Classics boasts 33 discs and Deutsche Grammophon a mere 22. Warner’s includes all the extant transcriptions and arrangements alongside the masterpieces, and a thorough exploration of the composer’s very early work which has uncovered two premieres, the Chanson des brises (1882) afor soprano, women’s choir and piano, and Diane au bois, a tantalising, fragmentary mini opera of 1885-7."

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Repertoire Listing:

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  • Debussy: Aimons-nous et Dormons
  • Debussy: Apparition - song (1884)
  • Debussy: Ariettes Oubliées (6)
  • Debussy: Ballade slave
  • Debussy: Beau Soir
  • Debussy: Berceuse héroïque
  • Debussy: Caprice
  • Debussy: Cello Sonata
  • Debussy: Chanson des brises
  • Debussy: Chanson espagnole
  • Debussy: Children's Corner
  • Debussy: Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire
  • Debussy: Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)
  • Debussy: Clair de lune (song)
  • Debussy: Colloque sentimental
  • Debussy: Coquetterie posthume
  • Debussy: D'un cahier d'esquisses
  • Debussy: Dans le jardin
  • Debussy: Danse - Tarantelle styrienne
  • Debussy: Danse bohemienne
  • Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane
  • Debussy: Deux Danses for harp & strings
  • Debussy: Diane au bois
  • Debussy: Divertissement for piano 4 hands
  • Debussy: Élégie, L138
  • Debussy: En blanc et noir
  • Debussy: En sourdine
  • Debussy: Estampe No. 1 - Pagodes
  • Debussy: Estampe No. 2 - La soirée dans Grenade
  • Debussy: Estampes (3)
  • Debussy: Etude retrouvée
  • Debussy: Études pour piano (12)
  • Debussy: Études pour piano (6) Book 1
  • Debussy: Études pour piano (6) Book 2
  • Debussy: Fantasie for piano and orchestra
  • Debussy: Fantoches
  • Debussy: Fête galante
  • Debussy: Fêtes galantes - Set 1
  • Debussy: Fêtes galantes - Set 2
  • Debussy: Fleur des blés (André Girod)
  • Debussy: Flots, palmes, sables
  • Debussy: Hommage à Haydn
  • Debussy: Il dort encore (Hymnis)
  • Debussy: Images for orchestra, L. 122
  • Debussy: Images oubliées (3) for piano
  • Debussy: Images pour piano - Book 1
  • Debussy: Images pour piano - Book 2
  • Debussy: Images pour piano - Books 1 & 2
  • Debussy: Intermezzo for cello & piano, L. 27
  • Debussy: Intermezzo for piano 4 hands
  • Debussy: Invocation
  • Debussy: Jane
  • Debussy: Jeux - Poème dansé
  • Debussy: Khamma
  • Debussy: L'Archet
  • Debussy: L'Enfant Prodigue
  • Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
  • Debussy: La Belle au bois dormant
  • Debussy: La Boite A Joujoux
  • Debussy: La chute de la maison Usher
  • Debussy: La Damoiselle élue
  • Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin (Leconte de Lisle)
  • Debussy: La Mer
  • Debussy: La plus que lente
  • Debussy: La romance d'Ariel
  • Debussy: Le Gladiateur
  • Debussy: Le Lilas
  • Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien
  • Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien: Suite
  • Debussy: Le matelot qui tombe à l'eau
  • Debussy: Le petit nègre
  • Debussy: Le Printemps ('L'aimable printemps ramène dans la plaine'), L. 56
  • Debussy: Le promenoir des deux amants
  • Debussy: Le roi Lear (King Lear): incidental music, L107
  • Debussy: Le triomphe de Bacchus
  • Debussy: Les Angélus
  • Debussy: Les baisers L9
  • Debussy: Les Elfes
  • Debussy: Les papillons
  • Debussy: Les Roses
  • Debussy: Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon
  • Debussy: Lindaraja
  • Debussy: Madrid
  • Debussy: Mandoline (Verlaine)
  • Debussy: Marche Écossaise
  • Debussy: Masques
  • Debussy: Mazurka
  • Debussy: Mes longs cheveux (from Pelléas et Mélisande)
  • Debussy: Morceau de concours
  • Debussy: Musique
  • Debussy: Musique de scène pour les Chansons de Bilitis
  • Debussy: Nocturne
  • Debussy: Nocturne et Scherzo
  • Debussy: Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison
  • Debussy: Nuit d'étoiles
  • Debussy: Nuits blanches
  • Debussy: Ouverture Diane
  • Debussy: Page d'album
  • Debussy: Pantomime
  • Debussy: Paysage sentimental
  • Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
  • Debussy: Petite Pièce pour Clarinette et Piano
  • Debussy: Petite Suite
  • Debussy: Piano Trio in G major
  • Debussy: Pièce pour l'oeuvre du ‘Vêtement du blessé'
  • Debussy: Pierrot
  • Debussy: Pour le piano
  • Debussy: Pour le piano: Sarabande
  • Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Debussy: Préludes - Book 1
  • Debussy: Préludes - Book 1: No. 12, Minstrels
  • Debussy: Préludes - Book 2
  • Debussy: Préludes - Books 1 & 2
  • Debussy: Première Suite d'Orchestre
  • Debussy: Printemps, suite for piano 4 hands or orchestra, L. 61
  • Debussy: Proses Lyriques
  • Debussy: Regret
  • Debussy: Rêverie
  • Debussy: Rhapsody for alto saxophone & piano (or orchestra), L. 98
  • Debussy: Rhapsody for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116 'Première rapsodie'
  • Debussy: Rodrigue et Chimène
  • Debussy: Romance
  • Debussy: Romances (2)
  • Debussy: Rondeau
  • Debussy: Rondel chinois
  • Debussy: Salut Printemps, L. 24
  • Debussy: Séguidille (Théophile Gautier)
  • Debussy: Sérénade
  • Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp
  • Debussy: Souhait
  • Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
  • Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
  • Debussy: Symphonie in B minor
  • Debussy: Syrinx for solo flute
  • Debussy: Tragédie (Valade d’après Heine)
  • Debussy: Trois Ballades de François Villon
  • Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis
  • Debussy: Trois chansons de Charles d'Orléans
  • Debussy: Trois chansons de France
  • Debussy: Trois Mélodies de Verlaine
  • Debussy: Trois Nocturnes
  • Debussy: Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
  • Debussy: Valse romantique (L. 71)
  • Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor
  • Debussy: Voici que le printemps (Romance) (Paul Bourget)
  • Debussy: Zéphyr (Triolet a Philis)
  • Saint-Saëns: Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28
  • Satie: Trois Gymnopédies
  • Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1
  • Satie: Gymnopédie No. 2
  • Satie: Gymnopédie No. 3
  • Schumann: Studies (6) in Canonic Form, Op. 56
  • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20