Pascal Rogé, piano Jardins sous la pluie, by Claude Debussy 36:21NOVEMBER 9, 2016Claude Debussy dedicated the collection Estampes to the artist and writer Jacques-Émile Blanche. In his memoirs, Blache recalled that Jardins sous la pluie was inspired by a stormy afternoon when he sketched the composer’s portrait. “It was raining, and the trees gave a green tinge to his dark skin, which the rain seemed to varnish”. The March downpours were evoked with extraordinary precision in this piece, which identified with Impressionist painting.
Pascal Rogé, piano The seasons. Brouillards, by Claude Debussy 3:16NOVEMBER 9, 2016Baudelaire’s theory of correspondences discussed the existence of a secret link between colours, odours and sounds, which only artists could discern. An heir to this symbolist perspective, Debussy would transfer non-musical sensations to his works. Listening to these works while viewing paintings from his time reveals a hidden dimension to his music.