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Monday, November 21, 2016

Claude Debussy: Suite bergamasque, Pour le piano, Estampes, Images (oubliées) – Zoltán Kocsis (Audio video)

In Memoriam Zoltán Kocsis (30/05/1952 - 06/11/2016)

This is a recital of notably sensitive playing, but with too little of the mature composer to make a satisfying programme in itself. ''Clair de lune'' aside, there is not much real Debussy in Suite bergamasque, yet Kocsis does the Prelude, Menuet and Passepied – neo-classical before their time – as well as almost anyone can, with a discreet combination of delicacy and strength. The moonstruck movement itself is delivered with uncommon restraint. Debussy's Images oubliees, as they are sometimes called, were published quite recently, and the second and third are earlier versions of the Sarabande in Pour le piano and ''Jardins sous la pluie'' from Estampes. Some may question the wisdom of placing provisional and final versions on the same record; comparisons are unavoidable and entirely to the advantage of the latter.

Yet the Images oubliees exert a considerable attraction, appearing on recital programmes and having several times been recorded. Only one version survives in the Gramophone Classical Catalogue, however, by Roy Howat (Nimbus 2122, 1/81), and Kocsis's is superior in its control of subtle nuances. The Prelude of Pour le piano is in manner something like the quick movements of Suite bergamasque, but Kocsis draws a considerable variety of sound and gesture from it; likewise the Toccata. With Estampes we reach the mature Debussy at last, and it is encouraging that Kocsis plays so well here, although one can recall performances in which the three movements are more strongly characterized. He is excellently recorded throughout, with the CD lending a slight immediacy even to generally slow, quiet pieces such as the first two Images oubliees.

Source: gramophone.co.uk (4/1985)

Ο Ούγγρος βιρτουόζος πιανίστας Zoltán Kocsis, ο οποίος έφυγε πρόσφατα από τη ζωή σε ηλικία 64 ετών, ερμηνεύει τα έργα του Κλωντ Ντεμπυσσύ: Suite bergamasque, Images (oubliées), Pour le piano, και Estampes. Ο δίσκος ηχογραφήθηκε στο Λονδίνο τον Σεπτέμβριο του 1983 και κυκλοφόρησε από τη Philips Classics το 1984.

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

♪ Suite bergamasque (1890-1905)

1. Prélude
2. Menuet
3. Clair de lune
4. Passepied

♪ Images (oubliées) (1894)

5. Lent (mélancolique et doux)
6. Souvenir du Louvre (Sarabande)
7. Quelques aspects de "Nous n'irons plus au bois"

♪ Pour le piano (1894-1901)

8. Prélude
9. Sarabande
10. Toccata

♪ Estampes (1903)

11. Pagodes
12. La soirée dans Grenade
13. Jardins sous la pluie

Zoltán Kocsis, piano

Recorded: London, 9/1983

Philips Classics 1984

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

The important Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis has passed away aged 64. Kocsis, who has been the Music Director of Hungary's National Philharmonic Orchestra since 1997, died on November 6 "after a long illness borne with dignity" the Philharmonic said in a statement.

Kocsis was born in Budapest in 1952 and studied with Pál Kadosa, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág at the Liszt Academy of Music, graduating in 1973. He rose to prominence when he was 18, however, when he won the Hungarian Radio Beethoven Piano Competition. He toured to the USA the following year and soon built an impressive international career. He was awarded the Liszt Prize in 1973 and the Kossuth Prize in 1978. He was appointed to teach at the Liszt Academy in 1976 and several years later he co-founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983 with fellow maestro Ivan Fischer.

Kocsis was a passionate exponent of contemporary music and Hungarian music. He gave the first performances of a number of compositions by Kurtág, worked with the Hungarian avant-garde New Music Studio and recorded the a benchmark set of the complete piano works of Béla Bartók on the Philips label. He was also well respected for his performances of works by Rachmaninov and his recording of Debussy's piano works won him a Gramophone Award in 1990. "He has an impressive technique", wrote musicologist Péter Várnai, "and his forthright, strongly rhythmic playing is nevertheless deeply felt and never mechanical".

Kocsis underwent major heart surgery in 2012 but was still conducting and had been scheduled to conduct concerts throughout the 2016/2017 season. In October 2016 he cancelled most of his concerts on medical advice, to rest and recuperate after ill health. "The vacuum he leaves is immeasurable", said the Philharmonic.

Source: limelightmagazine.com.au

Σε ηλικία 64 ετών έφυγε από τη ζωή, την Κυριακή 6 Νοεμβρίου 2016, ο Ούγγρος βιρτουόζος πιανίστας και διευθυντής ορχήστρας, Zoltán Kocsis, όπως ανακοίνωσε η Εθνική Φιλαρμονική της Ουγγαρίας στο πρακτορείο ειδήσεων MTI.

«Η Εθνική Φιλαρμονική ανακοινώνει με βαθιά λύπη το θάνατο του Zoltán Kocsis το απόγευμα, έπειτα από μακρά ασθένεια που αντιμετώπισε με αξιοπρέπεια», αναφέρεται στην ανακοίνωση.

Ο Kocsis, διευθυντής της Εθνικής Φιλαρμονικής από το 1997, υποβλήθηκε σε εγχείρηση καρδιάς το 2012. Τον περασμένο μήνα ματαίωσε όλες τις συναυλίες του έπειτα από συμβουλή των γιατρών του.

Γεννημένος στη Βουδαπέστη το 1952, άρχισε διεθνή καριέρα μετά τη βράβευσή του με το Βραβείο Μπετόβεν της ουγγρικής ραδιοφωνίας μόλις στα 18 του χρόνια.

Γνωστός για τη στενή του σχέση με τη σύγχρονη μουσική, ο παθιασμένος αυτός μουσικός με τα γαλάζια μάτια και τα πλούσια άσπρα μαλλιά είχε διακριθεί για την εντυπωσιακή τεχνική του στο πιάνο. Είχε στενή συνεργασία με τη Φιλαρμονική του Βερολίνου και άλλες μεγάλες ορχήστρες σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο.

Πηγή: insider.gr, 6/11/2016

See also

Claude Debussy: Images, D'un cahier d'esquisses, L'Isle joyeuse, Deux arabesques, etc. – Zoltán Kocsis (Audio video)

Zoltán Kocsis (1952-2016) – In Memoriam

Claude Debussy: Poèmes – Stella Doufexis, Daniel Heide (Audio video)

Claude Debussy, the First Modernist – An article by John Adams in the New York Times

“Debussy: one of the most original of moderns”, 1908, & “French composer Claude Debussy dies”, 1918 – Two articles from the Guardian archive

Javier Perianes plays Claude Debussy: Préludes Book I, & Estampes (Audio video)

Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor – Renaud Capuçon, Lahav Shani (HD 1080p)

Claude Debussy: Préludes, Books I & II – Walter Gieseking (Audio video)

Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor – Alina Pogostkina, Jérôme Ducros (HD 1080p)

Claude Debussy: La Mer –  Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Fabien Gabel (HD 1080p)

Claude Debussy: Les Trois Sonates (The Late Works) – Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Javier Perianes, Xavier de Maistre, Antoine Tamestit, Magali Mosnier, Tanguy de Williencourt (Audio video)

Claude Debussy: La Mer – Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk (HD 1080p)

Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune – National Youth Orchestra of the USA, Valery Gergiev (HD 1080p)

Claude Debussy and the Poetic Image

Nikolai Lugansky plays Claude Debussy: Suite bergamasque, Deux Arabesques, and οther works for solo piano (Audio video)

100 Years After Debussy's Death, He Remains the First ‘Modern’ Composer – An essay on Claude Debussy by Stephen Hough in the New York Times

Terrified and delighted: Works by Claude Debussy and André Caplet inspired by Edgar Allan Poe – Musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (HD 1080p)

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