Fifty shades of Debussy: Philippe Cassard’s masterclass in colour and rhythm

Debussy: Philippe Cassard *****

Wigmore Hall, 27th December 2015

“I love pictures almost as much as music,” Claude Debussy remarked to Edgard Varèse in 1911. Seascapes, Spanish fiestas, watery reflections and mists can all be found in his music. In the first of three annual recitals at Wigmore Hall devoted to the composer, Philippe Cassard took us on an engrossing picture postcard tour of Debussy’s musical world, from Japanese gardens to Moorish palaces, with a detour via Ancient Greece. Intelligently programmed around five different themes, Cassard offered a masterclass in tone painting, drawing a remarkable range of hues and shades from the Wigmore Steinway.

Philippe Cassard © Vincent Catala

Philippe Cassard
© Vincent Catala

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