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Track(s) taken from CDA67898

Danse, L77

circa 1890; published in 1891; originally entitled Tarantelle styrienne

Angela Hewitt (piano)
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Recording details: December 2011
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: October 2012
Total duration: 5 minutes 28 seconds

Cover artwork: Night (1897) by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)
Musée d'Orsay, Paris / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'This is one of the better offerings for Debussy's 150th anniversary … it should come as no surprise that Hewitt is a remarkably fine Debussy pianist. This generously filled disc finds Hewitt utterly persuasive in the three suites at its heart … Hyperion captures the sound marvellously … special mention should be made of Clair de lune: it is quite an achievement for its lyrical beauty to be heard afresh' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is a Debussy recital that will delight aficionados of the piano as well as those coming to the music for the first time … the playing is most distinguished … the 'Passepied', with its left-hand staccato phrases, is a perfect example of the Fazioli's velvety touch' (International Record Review)

'An ideal introduction to Debussy … one that can be enjoyed equally by experienced listeners—thanks to the artless touch and precise colours the Canadian pianist brings to each piece' (Financial Times)
Unlike many modern-day writers on Debussy, I have a soft spot for one of his first piano pieces, Danse (originally called Tarantelle styrienne). First published in 1891, it was orchestrated by Ravel in 1923. It is a sort of preliminary study for his later masterpiece Masques. The high-spirited dance rhythms of the opening are of course immensely attractive, but it is especially in the middle section that we have a whiff of what’s to come.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2012

Contrairement à de nombreux auteurs actuels qui écrivent sur Debussy, j’ai un faible pour l’une de ses premières pièces pour piano, Danse (intitulée Tarantelle styrienne à l’origine). Publiée en 1891, elle fut orchestrée par Ravel en 1923. C’est une sorte d’étude préliminaire pour son chef-d’œuvre ultérieur Masques. Les rythmes de danse pleins d’entrain du début sont bien sûr très attrayants, mais c’est surtout dans la section centrale que l’on a une idée de ce qui va suivre.

extrait des notes rédigées par Angela Hewitt © 2012
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Anders als viele moderne Debussy-Forscher habe ich ein Faible für eines seiner ersten Klavierstücke, Danse (das ursprünglich den Titel Tarantelle styrienne trug). Es wurde 1891 herausgegeben und Ravel orchestrierte es 1923. Es ist eine Art vorbereitende Studie für sein späteres Meisterstück Masques. Die ausgelassenen Tanzrhythmen vom Anfang sind natürlich gleich sehr reizvoll, doch ist es besonders im Mittelteil, wo angedeutet wird, was noch bevorsteht.

aus dem Begleittext von Angela Hewitt © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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