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Debussy: Jeux

Claude DebussyPhoto by Nadar (c. 1908) - Public Domain

June 22, 2022

When Claude Debussy wrote music for the ballet "Jeux," he was picturing a game of tennis between two women and one young man. In tennis, "love" means nothing; in Debussy's music, love is everything. On today's episode, we'll hear romance and seduction on the courts, from a concert by the New York Philharmonic.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Claude Debussy: Dances for Harp and String Orchestra: 2. Danse Profane
Vera Badings, harp | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra | Bernard Haitink, conductor
Album: Debussy: Orchestral Music
Philips 438 742

Georg Philipp Telemann: Burlesque de Quichotte: Movements 1-7
Tempesta di Mare | Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, artistic directors
Philadelphia, PA

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: David Hempling calling from San Francisco, CA

Claude Debussy: Jeux
New York Philharmonic | Alan Gilbert, conductor
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

Hour 2

Peter Tchaikovsky: Russian Dance
Trio Voronezh: Sergei Teleshev, bajan | Vladimir Volochin, domra | Valerie Petruchin, double-bass balalaika
Album: Trio Voronezh
EMI 56892

Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Capital Region Classical, Union College - Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, NY

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 Movements 4-5
The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College, Bard's Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Annandale On-Hudson, NY

Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
Ebene Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA