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Debussy – Ravel – Fauré: Exotisme, sonorités pittoresques – Ludmilla Guilmault – Jean-Noël Dubois


Claude DEBUSSY: Préludes, Book 1, L. 117: II. Voiles – Déodat de SÉVERAC: En Vacances, Vol. 1: VI. Où l’on entend une vieille boîte à musique – En Vacances, Vol. 1: VII. Valse romantique – Maurice RAVEL: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: II. Assez lent, avec une expression intense – Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: VI. Vif – Claude DEBUSSY: Préludes, Book 1, L. 117: IV. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir – Gabriel FAURÉ: Dolly, Op. 56: VI. Le pas espagnol – Camille SAINT-SAËNS: Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: III. Hémiones – Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: VII. Aquarium – Claude DEBUSSY: Préludes, Book 1, L. 117: IX. La Sérénade interrompue – Suite Bergamesque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune – Maurice RAVEL: Miroirs, M. 43: II. Oiseaux tristes – Claude DEBUSSY: Petite Suite, L. 65: I. En Bateau – Petite Suite, L. 65: IV. Ballet – Maurice RAVEL: Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 60: III. Laideronette, Impératrice des Pagodes – Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 60: IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et la Bête – Manuel de FALLA: La Vida Breve, G. 35: Spanish Dance No. 1 – Claude DEBUSSY: Préludes, Book 2, L. 123: XII. Feux d’artifice – Manuel de FALLA: El Amor Brujo: VIII. Danza Ritual del Fuego – Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: III. Alla Turca (Allegretto).

Ludmilla Guilmault & Jean-Noël Dubois, Piano four Hands, two Pianos and Piano solo.


“Exotic” sounds are asserted through the picturesque local color craving for romanticism.
This album is a trip to a distant land.
Spain with Manuel de Falla and his Ritual Dance of Fire due to the intertwining of its musical past with Asian or Arabic music.
Exoticism, borrowed by western music with exotic turns, scales, instruments, dances and folklore.

In this choice of repertoire that I have chosen from, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Severac, De Falla, Mozart are composers who take us on a journey through their local color of their new piano timbres with in particular this prelude, the Debussy’s Sounds and Perfumes, chords that dress voluptuous harmonies at the rhythm of impressionism.

The Hispanic scent.
Exotism expresses for me an evening harmony, conducive to the evocation of a distant past.
Exoticism, images which seem to appeal to hearing, sight, touch, smell, establishing in music these tenuous correspondences that Baudelaire, the first, guessed in poetry.
Sensations of exotic colors.

Odors of carnation and aguardiente, an atmosphere of castanets with the Interrupted Serenade by Claude Debussy.

These oriental pieces by Ravel, Laideronette, empress of the pagodas for 4-handed piano evoke these distant countries, this change of scenery through recourse to the musical heritage of each composer.

Falla is keen to make her honey from the flowers of folklore.
Falla is Andalusia and its flamenco, voluptuous Andalusian gardens, harsh Nights.

Séverac has a fleshy sound, color in brighter spots, in thicker paste, this taste of modal scales.
He tells us about the landscapes crossed, inspiration of his dear Mediterranean.

“We would be content to listen to this Album through the wind and the sea and we would stroll deliciously in the streets sipping a pomegranate juice to dream of something magnificent, this exoticism and these picturesque sounds are to be savored without moderation .

“Impressionism of the passing wind”


Ludmilla Guilmault

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