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Unfolding Debussy / Baranova


Release Date: 03/09/2018 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 301014  
Composer:  Marina BaranovaClaude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since Marina Baranova first played Clair de Lune as an eager nine-year-old a question had stayed with her: Was there another side to Debussy’s music, one influenced by his turbulent private life and tempestuous relationships? “When you think of the great impressionist painters, you think of light, and hope, and love,” she says. “But Debussy adored the darkness of Baudelaire, and was heavily influenced by Wagner. The titles he gave his pieces also hint at hidden meanings, so I thought it would be interesting to explore this ‘shadow’ side and my feelings towards it.” Now Marina Baranova's album Unfolding Debussy will be released to mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy's death in March 2018. Despite being “absolutely in Read more love” with Debussy, Baranova had also grown tired of playing his work in the common, classical way. Coming back to his music, she resolved to discover new ways of playing while exploring this darkness, and set about deconstructing some of his best loved pieces. It was here she had a vision, and the concept of “unfolding” his work took shape. To emulate the richness of Debussy’s original compositions, Baranova sought a broader palette and different textures. “Every instrument has its own color,” she says, and so a number of different pianos and keyboards were employed to help to weave her magic. An Una Corda, a Fender Rhodes, midi keyboards and a C. Bechstein grand piano all feature, as do a number of delays and arpeggiators; anything to match the mood and the colours she could see in her head. Unusually for a classical pianist, she took it upon herself to both write and sing lyrics for various tracks, something she claims “wasn’t a decision, but an intuition. At the start, this wasn’t my intention, but the words just came.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prologue: Moonlight by Marina Baranova
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Germany 
2.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
3.
Préludes, Book 1: no 2, Voiles by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
4.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
5.
Préludes, Book 1: no 6, Des pas sur la neige by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
6.
Children's Corner: no 4, The Snow is Dancing by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
7.
Children's Corner: no 1, Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
8.
Suite bergamasque: 4th movement, Passepied by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
9.
Beauty by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
10.
Préludes, Book 2: no 11, Les tierces alternées by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
11.
Clair de Solenne by Marina Baranova
Performer:  Marina Baranova (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Germany 

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