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Track(s) taken from APR6013

La plus que lente, L128


Walter Gieseking (piano)
Recording details: September 1928
Brunswick, USA
Release date: October 2013
Total duration: 3 minutes 37 seconds

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Stephen Hough (piano)
Angela Hewitt (piano)


'Who else has ever captured the elusive, evanescent magic of early Debussy … to this extent; or relished Poulenc's delight in the quirky and urbane …? … his Brahms and Ravel may come in an unseemly and convoluted rush but his Mozart is a marvel of immaculate and nuanced virtuosity, and so, too is his Grieg' (Gramophone)» More

'A welcome tribute to Gieseking's smooth touch and sophisticated musicianship. With music from Bach to Roussel—and Gieseking himself—and audio lovingly restored, it's very special' (BBC Music Magazine)

If Debussy’s intention that his ‘slower than slow’ waltz, La plus que lente, should be taken as a parody is not clear enough from his tempo direction, Lent (molto rubato con morbidezza), it is surely confirmed by his statement to the effect that it was written to suit the taste of ladies who take tea. Even so, it is impossible to hear its hesitantly syncopated G flat major main theme, its harmonic suspensions, its appassionato outcry in right-hand octaves, even its apparently aimless continuity and its drawn-out ending without detecting, and sharing, an affection for the object of his irony.

from notes by Gerald Larner © 2009

Si l’inclination de tempo—Lent (molto rubato con morbidezza)—n’avait pas suffi à dire l’intention parodique de La plus que lente, Debussy ne laissa pas de la confirmer en déclarant l’avoir écrite «pour les innombrables five o’clock où se rencontrent les belles écouteuses». Mais même ainsi, on ne peut entendre son thème principal en sol bémol majeur timidement syncopé, ses suspensions harmoniques, sa récrimination appassionato en octaves à la main droite, voire sa continuité apparemment sans but et sa conclusion qui traîne en longueur, sans déceler, ni partager, une tendresse pour l’objet de son ironie.

extrait des notes rédigées par Gerald Larner © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Wenn die Tempobezeichnung Lent (molto rubato con morbidezza) von Debussys „mehr als langsamen“ Walzer, La plus que lente, noch Zweifel zulässt, ob es sich hier um eine Parodie handelt, so werden diese doch durch seine Erklärung getilgt, dass das Werk für die schönen Zuhörerinnen entstanden sei, die sich bei unzähligen Fünf-Uhr-Tees träfen. Trotzdem kann man nicht umhin, bei dem zögerlich synkopierten Hauptthema in Ges-Dur, den harmonischen Vorhalten, dem Appassionato der Oktaven in der linken Hand und selbst der scheinbar ziellosen Kontinuität und dem lang gezogenen Schluss eine gewisse Zuneigung zu dem Objekt seiner Ironie zu empfinden.

aus dem Begleittext von Gerald Larner © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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Debussy: Solo Piano Music
Studio Master: CDA67898Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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