Debussy's Grand Hotel, vue sur La Mer
In june 1904 Claude Debussy fled Parijs direction Jersey. By that time he was already a renowned and celebrated musician. It is there he finished La Mer, a magnificent symfonic poem focussing on the primal force of water, including concealed sexual connotations.
In this period his music bears the subcutaneous marks of a deep, personal crisis, clearly reflected as well in L’Isle joyeuse as in Masques for piano solo. The opposition between both speaks of torment: the joy he experienced with his mistress – his future wife Emma Bardac – fervently contrasts with his feelings of guilt because of the imminent divorce from Lily Texier.
This performance presents the ‘Jersey music’ by Claude Debussy, with a astounding arrangment of La Mer for an intimistic piano trio.
Browsing through Debussy’s letters, Lily as well as Emma muse accompanied by a new composition by Dominique Pauwels, as a faint echo of times long gone by, in search of the man behind the composer.
Grand Hotel (2019)
commission by SPECTRA
Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
La Mer (1903–1905)
L’Isle joyeuse (1904)
SPECTRA conducted by Filip Rathé
Reinhilde Decleir or Sara De Bosschere, play