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Claude Debussy

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Concerts

Reneé Fleming (right) and Susan Graham — two "cheerful Americans" often mistaken for each other — are planning an intimate evening of French song.

January 23, 2013 The two opera stars will conjure the intimate atmosphere of the 19th-century Parisian salon.

The Ebène Quartet plays everything from surf rock and jazz standards to Debussy and Ravel.

July 13, 2011 Hear the versatile group play Ravel, Debussy and Fauré at the Savannah Music Festival.

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The adventurous Ebene Quartet kicks off a week of live chamber music at the Greene Space at WQXR in New York.

April 4, 2011 The versatile string quartet plays a mix of music by Debussy, Miles Davis and Astor Piazzolla.

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Pelleas

July 9, 2010 Debussy's dreamy, cerebral thriller proves that opera needn't be loud to be intense.

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June 7, 2009 Hear the Gold Medalists at the Cliburn Competition, held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas.

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March 27, 2006 The clarinet virtuoso plays Debussy's "Rhapsody No.1."

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March 7, 2006 Nina Tichman and David Breitman perform Claude Debussy's Six Antique Epigrams, sans nude dancers.

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July 26, 2005 New York native Richard Goode is one of the premiere pianists performing today.

Studio Sessions

The Paris-based Ebene Quartet

August 24, 2010 Hear the versatile French quartet play surf, jazz and classical music in the studio.

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Marc-Andre Hamelin

August 20, 2009 Hear the pianist indulge his eclectic taste in music with a performance at the APM studios.

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June 26, 2009 The adventurous harpist plays impressionist music by Toru Takemitsu and his hero, Claude Debussy.

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February 22, 2008 Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes takes music of his compatriot, Edvard Grieg, to the WGBH studio.

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August 23, 2007 The pianist explores the layers of meaning and color in Claude Debussy's Etudes.

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October 27, 2006 It's day two of a visit with the Takacs Quartet in the Performance Today studios.

Interviews & Profiles

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.

August 22, 2012 For the composer's sesquicentennial, a virtuoso selects favorite Debussy recordings.

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The young pianist Inon Barnatan plays Debussy and Ravel with striking assurance.

August 5, 2012 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.

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Janine Jansen's career took off when she released one of the first classical hits on iTunes.

March 5, 2011 The violinist was one of the first classical best-sellers on iTunes, and her career has grown since.

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sunken cathedral

September 29, 2009 The subtle, elusive quality of Debussy's 24 preludes is captured perfectly by pianist Paul Jacobs.

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Marc-Andre Hamelin

August 20, 2009 Hear the pianist indulge his eclectic taste in music with a performance at the APM studios.

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The Great Wave

June 23, 2009 Claude Debussy's La Mer is an impressionistic vision of the sheer power of the ocean.

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June 2, 2009 After 60 years, Stanley Drucker gives his final performances with the orchestra.

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Winter street

February 18, 2009 Discover the simple beauty and radical sound world of Claude Debussy's "Footsteps in the Snow."

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November 21, 2008 A new poll in Gramophone magazine ranks it among the top 20 orchestras in the world.

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November 28, 2005 Violinist Colin Jacobsen brings a group of musical friends to Studio 4A for an all-French program.

Discover Songs

Debussy

November 5, 2010 The Brooklyn Rider violist finds an affinity with Claude Debussy's wide-spread artistic milieu.

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Winter street

February 18, 2009 Discover the simple beauty and radical sound world of Claude Debussy's "Footsteps in the Snow."

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July 1, 2001 This edition brings you the music of Debussy, from the Washington Saxophone Quartet; R. Crumb an...

News

Conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas.

March 30, 2012 Yiddish- and English-speaking mavericks, students too cool for middle school and much more.

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June 7, 2009 Hear the Gold Medalists at the Cliburn Competition, held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas.

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October 14, 2005 This year marks the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Debussy's groundbreaking work "La Mer."

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Reviews

Rafał Blechacz plays Debussy and Szymanowski

September 26, 2012 With a new album, a pianist again fulfills the promise of his Chopin Competition dominance.

Cover for Debussy: Preludes

July 24, 2012 Thanks to an old instrument in Brussels, a pianist discovered a new world of color and clarity.

The Dante Quartet

March 17, 2010 The group etches out finely brushed musical shapes in the Debussy and Ravel string quartets.

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More Stories

["Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun In His Cubicle"] Claude Debussy, composer of Prelude To the Afternoon of a Faun, was born 150 years ago, Wednesday, Aug. 22. (Cartoon by Pablo Helguera)

August 17, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Soprano Cheryl Barker (as Jenůfa) and tenor Peter Wedd (as Luca) sing in a production of Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa from Opera Australia.

April 18, 2012 Opera reinvents itself in the hands of innovative composers facing a new century.

Soprano Karita Mattila and pianist Martin Katz perform live at Carnegie Hall: December 10, 2011.

December 9, 2011 A soprano who holds nothing back in an intimate program of French, Viennese and Finnish songs.

Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

June 27, 2011 An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

Can classical music get down and party?

May 10, 2011 Can classical music get down and party? Some jazz musicians sure think so.

'A Fifth of Beethoven' chrissharron.com

October 27, 2010 See Beethoven's 5th symphony move to a mambo rhythm, and hear other classical transformations.

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July 12, 2008 The composer's ballet Jeux, includes story about tennis and music flying in all directions.

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July 8, 2005 Two greats close a week of conversations and performances from Chamber Music Northwest.

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