Debussy, Poulenc
Sonates, Suite française et pièces diverses

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Sonate n°1 en ré mineur / D minor / d mol
1. Prologue (4'12)
2. Sérénade (3'19)
3. Finale (3'18)
4. Valse "la Plus que lente" (4'26)

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
5.Allegro -Tempo de Marcia (5'24)
6. Cavatine (5'52)
7. Ballabile (3'19)
8. Finale (6'15)
9. Bagatelle en ré mineur / D minor / d mol (2'09)
10. Sérénade (2'21)
Suite française d'après Claude Gervaise
11. Bransle de Bourgogne (1'19)
12. Pavane (2'36)
13. Petite marche militaire (1'05)
14. Complainte (1'07)

Jean-Guihen Queyras, violoncelle
Alexandre Tharaud, piano

1CD 60' 02'' / 2008

Debussy and Poulenc made a lasting impact on the musical identity of their country through both their references to the past ans their innovations. THis programme illustrates their sision of a certain esprit français. : moving constatly between irony and emotion, extremely refined, yet at the same time offering an amplified echo of "light" music - in short, the "exquisite bad music" the creator of Les Mamelles de Tirésias prided himself on writing. The trajectory of these two interpreters of the young generation in France, who have already made several recording together, has led them naturally to this repertoire.

10/10 on Classics Today [10/29/2008]

"Here is yet another superlative recording that some collectors may inadvertently pass over--even chamber music enthusiasts. After all, cello sonatas aren't everyday fare, and these two are not usually considered to be major works. But they are. Poulenc's sonata is his biggest and most important solo sonata. Debussy's says in 10 minutes what would take another composer more than an hour..." More