1998 Cypres - CYP1613

Piano : Claude LAVOIX
Debussy was particuralysensitive to the sounds of his mother tongue, only setting to music such texts aswere of undoublted poetic worth.

The songs recorded on the current CD reflect the diversity og the poets who attracted Debussy, as well as the evolution and breadth of his own musical language. The range and intendity of Charles Bauderaire's poems find in the music of the young compositor a style that is still clearly Wagnerian (this was the period of hs journey to Bayreuth), wwhereas the more relaxed and down-to-earth poems of Paul Verlaine inspired music of less outward passion and greater limpidity, music that is also more personal. The bucolics of Pierre Louys are fused with lighter, more waywaer music, and for the volatile, abstract language of Stéphane Mallarmé, Debussy finds an elliptical, more mysterious tone.

Jeremy Drake
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