Claude Debussy

L'isle joyeuse, for piano, L. 106

    Description by Steven Coburn

    Debussy's L'îsle joyeuse (1903-1904) was inspired by Watteau's painting Embarkation for Cythere. Debussy's work is a single movement in a highly modified sonata form. Using a technique similar to Chopin's alteration of sonata form in his ballades, the lyrical second subject returns at the brilliant conclusion as a fortissimo paean. L'îsle joyeuse has an almost orchestral quality, as well as an unrelenting choreographic rhythmic drive. The cumulative effect is perfectly calculated and overwhelmingly successful. A number of hallmarks of Debussy's mature style -- parallel sonorities, whole-tone structures, multiple layers of sound, atmospheric effects, melodic fragmentation -- are in full evidence.

    Appears On

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    2017 Somm SOMMCD 0168
    2017 Symphonia ERM 1033
    2016 MSR Classics MS 1616
    2016 Sonoma 1482849
    2016 ICSM ICSM 80060
    2016 Honens HON 201601
    2016 Acousence Classics ACOCD 12616
    2016 Skylark Music SKY 0702
    2015 Oehms Classics OC 1820
    2015 ABC Classics 4811742
    2015 Melodiya MELCD 1002288
    2015 IBS IBC 72014
    2015 Honens 201501CD
    2015 Sony Classical 88843014702
    2015 Sony Classical 88843054582
    2014 Dorian Sono Luminus DSL 92175
    2014 Sony Classical G010003220363W
    2014 Sony Classical 888430147621
    2013 Decca
    2013 Delos 3454
    2013 Decca / Universal
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    2013 Entertainment Group 6105
    2013 Decca 4785437
    2013 Sony Classical 88883768602
    2013 Harmonia Mundi 902164
    2013 Berlin Classics 0300537BC
    2013 Avie AV 2266
    2013 Decca 4785093
    2012 Omnibus Classics CC 5005
    2012 Warner Classics
    2012 Brilliant Classics 94371
    2012 Naxos 8509002
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    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099995591
    2012 Chandos CHAN 107435
    2012 Indesens IDS 41
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    2012 Melodiya MELCD 1002002
    2012 Hyperion CDA 67898
    2012 Alto 4002
    2012 Genuin GEN 12228
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    2012 Profil / Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 12015
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    2012 Deutsche Grammophon 4779548
    2012 EMI Classics
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    2012 Deutsche Grammophon
    2012 Deutsche Grammophon 4790056
    2012 Onyx ONYX 4095
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    2011 Genuin GEN11199
    2011 RCA Red Seal 886919369120
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    2011 Centaur Records CRC3094/95/96/97
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    2011 Divine Art DDA 25090
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    2011 Warner Classics 256467923
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    2011 Documents / Membran 233082
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    2010 ABC Classics 4764027
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    2009 Sony Classical Essential Classics 742561
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    2005 Transart Live 128
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    2003 Aura Classics 0143
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    2003 Decca 000125602
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    2003 Virgin 562261-2
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    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 445187
    1999 BBC Music BBCL4021-2
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    1998 Virgin 61421
    1998 Empire DC703462
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    1997 Nimbus Records 1773
    1997 Naxos 553292
    1997 Deutsche Grammophon
    1997 Deutsche Grammophon 453 070-2GTA2
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    1997 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243565855
    1996 Chandos 7018
    1996 Carlton 00182
    1996 London 452022
    1996 Nimbus NI8807
    1996 Live Classics 481
    1995 Wergo WER 6243-2
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    1995 Deutsche Grammophon
    1995 Deutsche Grammophon 445 547-2GMA
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    1994 Centaur Records 2644
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    1994 Sony Classical Essential Classics 53461
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    1992 Cala Records 1002
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    1990 CBS Records 42305
    1986 CBS Records / Columbia MK-42122
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    Metro
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    Virgin Classics 094635706826
    Klavier Records 11101
    CBS Masterworks 44681