At the beginning of the 20th century the arts scene in Europe was teeming with lively modernism as never before. Writers, painters, sculptors and composers pioneered with new and innovative forms at the cutting edge. The enormous diversity and abundance that this creativity yielded inspired French pianist Alain Planès to a sensitive recital.
“What I am trying to do, is something different – an effect of reality, but some imbeciles label that as impressionism …” Claude Debussy wrote in a letter in 1908. In the same period Arnold Schönberg was the first one to break away from traditional tonality. His trailblazing music met with booing, just like Ravel’s daring Valses nobles et sentimentales. Leoš Janáček and Béla Bartók, for their part, liked to play with folk tunes. This selection of piano literature around 1910 lets you sample all those inspiring experiments.
Alain Planès, piano
Music by C. Debussy, L. Janáček, B. Bartók, e.a.