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Christian Erny – Piano works by Liszt and Debussy

Artists: Christian Erny

Title: Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent… Piano works by Liszt and Debussy

Catalogue No.: SM 238

Release: 29.04.2016


The first professional CD release is a decisive step in a young musician’s career. Nowadays, when the shelves are already filled with recordings of almost the entire traditional piano repertoire, it is especially important to see a debut CD as an artistic achievement that illustrates the musician’s personality, strong points and intentions. In choosing the repertoire, Claude Debussy’s first book of Preludes moved increasingly to the forefront, being a work which I had spent a great deal of time on and which awoke in me the urge to express myself. It was nonetheless soon clear that the album also needed an aspect that added interest and that it would not solely contain Debussy’s music.
The programme’s central theme is encapsulated in the words “Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent …”, anextract from the poem “Correspondances” in Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du malcollection, which Debussy esteemed extremely highly and parts of which he set to music.
This programme presents also four works of Franz Liszt: the introduction is made up of two of the Années de pèlerinage – Deuxième année – Italiefrom his middle period; in the course of the programme, there follow two late works, both of which Debussy admired: Unstern! forms a commentative interpolation in the middle of the Debussy cycle; the nocturne En rêveends the musical journey by returning us to the contemplative mood of the opening number.


Années de pèlerinage – Deuxième année – Italie 
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Sposalizio 8:03 Franz Liszt
Il penseroso 4:07 Franz Liszt
Préludes – Premier livre
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Danseuses de Delphes 3:21 Claude Debussy
Voiles 4:06 Claude Debussy
Le vent dans la pleine 2:14 Claude Debussy
«Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir…» 4:01 Claude Debussy
Les collines d’Anacapri 3:31 Claude Debussy
Des pas sur la neige 4:21 Claude Debussy
Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest 3:52 Claude Debussy
Unstern! Sinistre, disastro
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Unstern! Sinistre, disastro 4:54 Franz Liszt
Prèludes – Premier livre
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
La fille aux cheveux de lin 2:42 Claude Debussy
La serenade interrompue 2:54 Claude Debussy
La cathédrale engloutie 6:06 Claude Debussy
La danse de puck 3:11 Claude Debussy
Minstrels 2:49 Claude Debussy
En rêve
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
En rêve 2:51 Franz Liszt