Produced by Eva Soltes
Twelve Etudes by Claude Debussy, two books of six each
Book I deals with traditional technical keyboard situations.
Book II is about the pianistic problems associated with musical figuration.
These etudes are Claude Debussy’s most finished, perfect and adventurous keyboard pieces. Yet they are probably the least played of all his important piano works. His totally unconventional explorations took him into wealth of musical invention that goes far beyond the apparent pedagogical value.
The materials, the moods and the expressions juxtapose and produce new forms that are continually self-renewing. This music is sensuous and graceful but capable of sudden shifts that sometimes seem to tear the musical order. Tempi are rarely fixed. Rubato is often specified or implied. In broadening his palette of timbres, textures and musical colors, Debussy drew freely upon dance rhythms, cabaret styles and various modes and scales derived from archaic or eastern music.
Jeanne Stark-Iochmans is regarded with the highest esteem, in Europe and in America, for her superb musicianship and deeply spiritual interpretations of classical music’s most challenging repertoire for piano. Her artistry has earned her the praise of some of the great musical masters of our time, including composers Darius Milhaud, Olivier Messiaen and Lou Harrison to name a few.