June 19, 2019


James Manheim

The rarest of the three pieces is the Fantaisie for piano and orchestra of Debussy, the composer's only work for piano and orchestra. It's from early in Debussy's career, in the classical three-movement form, and the trick, expertly executed by pianist Andrew von Oeyen, is to catch the incipient mature Debussy bubbling under the surface. Sample the first movement, where all the student moves to a new theme are in place, but the music then stalls as Debussy begins to realize the possibilities of stasis. 

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