Debussy: Suite bergamasque, Deux Arabesques, Estampes... performed by the pianist Alain Planès

The pianist Alain Planès performs the works for piano by Claude Debussy. Recorded on 9 March 2018 at the Radio France Auditorium (Paris).

Amongst Claude Debussy's early works, the Suite bergamasque is already proof of a great modernity from the composer, notably regarding its harmony. Several of the composer's works for piano are heavily influenced by the Slavinc dance tradition, notably Danse bohémienne, the Ballade and the Mazurka. At the time, Debussy was a professor teaching the chidlren of Nadejda von Meck, Russian widow and close friend of Tchaikovsky. 

Several works dating from 1890 are in reality previous works and would most likely have been published as source of income, much like the Rêverie. It was also during this time that the famous Arabesques were born, as well as the Danse, originally baptised Tarentelle styrienne.

Following the Images oubliées and Pour le piano, Debussy's works began to display a hint of mysticism and became a mirror of the imaginary through the subtle art of suggestion, as demonstrated in the series of Estampes, composed in 1903.