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Achille Claude Debussy by Luca

“I love music too much to speak of it otherwise than passionately.” DEBUSSY “Art is always progressive; it cannot return to the past, which is definitely dead. Only imbeciles and cowards look backward. Then—Let us work!” DEBUSSY It is difficult to learn anything of the boy-hood and youth of this rare French composer. Even his […]

Jeanne Gerville-Réache – “Air de Lia” – “L’Enfant Prodigue” – C. Debussy by Luca

Jeanne Gerville-Réache (Alto) – Air de Lia – “L’Enfant Prodigue” – C. Debussy. Jeanne Gerville-Réache (March 26, 1882 – January 5, 1915) was a French operatic contralto from the Belle Époque. She possessed a remarkably beautiful voice, an excellent singing technique, and wide vocal range which enabled her to perform several roles traditionally associated with […]

Donald Maxwell & Alison Hagley – “Prélude” and “Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette forêt” – “Pelléas et Mélisande” Act I – Claude Debussy by Luca

Pelléas et Mélisande Act I: “Prélude” and “Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette forêt” Claude Debussy. Libretto by Maurice Maeterlinck. Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera. Conduction: Pierre Boulez. Staging and direction: Peter Stein. Golaud…….. Donald Maxwell Mélisande….. Alison Hagley “Pelléas et Mélisande” (“Pelléas and Mélisande”) is an opera in five acts with […]

Claude Debussy – Pelléas et Mélisande by Luca

The first performance of Pelléas et Mélisande in Paris, on April 30th,1902, was a very notable event in the history of French music ; its importance can only be compared with that of the first performance of Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione, Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, and Gluck’s IIphigénie en Aulide; and it may be looked […]

Claude Debussy – Pierre Louÿs – “Trois Chansons de Bilitis” (by Luca Casagrande) by Luca

Il rapporto tra Claude Debussy e Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925), è un rapporto innanzi tutto personale: “Tu sei certamente quello dei miei amici ch’io ho amato di più”, scriveva Debussy a Louÿs nel 1903. Louÿs affascinò anche Mallarmé, Gide, Valéry, sia in veste di poeta, sia come critico, sia come raffinato intenditore d’arte, peraltro sottovalutato in […]