MARIUS-FRANÇOIS GAILLARD The complete Debussy recordings




 COMPACT DISC 1 (73.10)
Marius-François Gaillard – DEBUSSY (Odéon recordings 1928-1930)
1. Jardins sous la pluie (Estampes, No 3) 
2. Rêverie 
3-4. Deux Arabesques 
5. Reflets dans l’eau (Images, Set I, No 1)
6. La soirée dans Grenade (Estampes, No 2) 
7. La Cathédrale engloutie (Preludes, Book I, No 10) 
8. Ballade
9-11. Pour le piano 
12-15. Preludes, Book 1 – Danseuses de Delphes, La fille aux cheveux de lin, La serenade interrompue, Minstrels
16. Mazurka; 17. La plus que lent 
18-21. Preludes, Book 2 – La Puerta del Vino, General Lavine – exentric, Ondine, Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq., P.P.M.P.C.

COMPACT DISC 2 (76.23)
Marius-François Gaillard – DEBUSSY (Odéon recordings 1928-1930)
1. Masques
2. Pagodes (Estampes, No 1)
3. Valse romantique
4-6. Suite Bergamasque – Prélude, Menuet, Clair de lune
Carmen Guilbert (Pathé recordings 1930-1938)
7. Minstrels (Preludes, Book I, No 12)
8. Bruyères (Preludes, Book II, No 5)
9-10. Pour le piano – Sarabande, Toccata
11. Impromptu No 2 in F minor, Op 31
12. Barcarolle No 6 in E flat major, Op 70
13. Nocturne No 3 in A flat major, Op 33, No 3
14. Nocturne No 6 in D flat major, Op 63
15. Thème et variations, Op 73
16. RAVEL Alborada del gracioso (No 4 from Miroirs)

This release launches an important new APR series devoted to the French Piano School. For around 150 years France has nurtured a distinctive style of pianism centred on the teaching of the Paris Conservatoire. The heyday of the school was probably the first fifty years of the 20th century and this series of recordings aims to explore in depth the often-forgotten recordings made at this time. Marius-François Gaillard was the first pianist to perform the complete piano works of Debussy in concert, which he did first in 1920, and again in 1922. He subsequently made the recordings featured here, and these were by far the largest body of Debussy piano recordings until the 1930s. As such they give us the closest view of Debussy playing to the composer’s own time and reveal a clarity and objectivity which exemplifies the traditions of French pianism but is somewhat different from the ‘impressionist’ style of Gieseking which was to follow and become the accepted model. Gaillard later pursued a career as a composer and his early recordings were forgotten. To commemorate the 100th anniversary year of Debussy’s death, this is their first reissue. Carmen Guilbert also had a short active career, but as a pupil of Marguerite Long her playing, particularly of Fauré, is important. These are her complete classical recordings, though she also recorded three discs of Billy Mayerl!

APR6025 Available on Compact Disc, as a Digital Download and to Stream