Learning to Listen - Debussy

by Emily Reese, Minnesota Public Radio
August 21, 2012

St. Paul, Minn. — The sounds created by Claude Debussy can be quickly recognized, but he was a versatile composer who wrote in many different genres. This podcast introduces you to some of his instrumental works.


  • Clair de Lune — Jean Yves Thibaudet, London/Decca 7340
  • Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun — Clauddio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic, DG 471332
  • Preludes: Book 2, "Ondine" — Claudio Arrau, Philips 432304
  • Sonata for flute, viola and harp (finale) — Aurele Nicolet (flute), Nobuko Imai (viola) & Naoko Yoshino (harp) Philips 442012
  • Images pour orchestre, 3rd movement "Les parfums de la nuit (The fragrance of the night)" — Pierre Boulez, Cleveland Orchestra, Sony 45620
  • Sonata for cello (finale) — Steven Isserlis (cello), Pascal Devoyon (piano), Virgin 90812
  • "Rhapsodie" for orchestra and saxophone — Jean Martinon (conductor), Orchestra National de l'O.R.T.F., Jean-Marie Loneix, sax, EMI 72673
  • Premiere rhapsodie for clarinet and piano or orchestra — Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), Gwenneth Pryor (piano), Chandos 8526
  • Golliwog's Cakewalk — Andre Watts, Sony 45628
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