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August 21, 2012

A Pupil of Claude Monet

Claude Debussy once said that he hated the term impressionism. And yet, he also wrote to a friend, "You do me a great honor by calling me a pupil of Claude Monet." Conductor David Robertson shares his thoughts on the parallels between Debussy's music and Monet's painting, and leads the New York Philharmonic in a ravishing performance of Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Claude Debussy
    Cortege et Air de Danse, from the Prodigal Son
    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham, conductor
  • Claude Debussy
    Beau Soir (Beautiful Evening)
    Jon Kimura Parker, piano, Cho-Liang Lin, violin
    Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Claude Debussy
    La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin (the Girl with the Flaxen Hair)
    Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    Fraser Studio, Boston
  • Claude Debussy
    Premiere Rhapsodie
    Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    Fraser Studio, Boston
  • Claude Debussy
    Selections from Preludes, Book II
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    Fraser Studio, Boston
  • Colors of Debussy Perfchat, Part II
    Perfchat
  • Claude Debussy
    Dieu! Qu'il fait bon la Regarder, from Three Songs
    Musica Intima
    Church of the Purification, Repentigny, Quebec
  • Claude Debussy
    Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
    The New York Philharmonic, David Robertson, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Claude Debussy
    Sarabande
    The French National Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal, conductor
  • Claude Debussy
    Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
    Tom Ottar Andreassen, flute, Jon Wien Sonstebo, viola, Sidsel Walstad, harp
    Oslo Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway
  • Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz
    Tarantella for Harp and Baroque Guitar
    Arianna Savall, harp, Rolf Lislevand, Baroque guitar
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Santiago de Murcia
    Zarambeques O Muecas, from Codex No.4
    Arianna Savall, harp, Rolf Lislevand, Baroque guitar
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Claude Debussy
    Jeux (Games)
    The French National Orchestra, Daniele Gatti, conductor
    Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
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