Pour le Piano, II: Sarabande

A few weeks ago, when I was looking for a particular classical piece, I stumbled upon this piano piece by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), and it’s remained with me since.

The YouTube notes for the music say, “Watch Rafał Blechacz play Debussy’s “Sarabande” from his new DG recording featuring piano works by (Karol) Szymanowski and Debussy. The young pianist is by talent, proclivity, and nationality the perfect choice to record works by his fellow Pole, Szymanowski. And therefore to record Debussy, too — whose presence in Szymanowski’s musical DNA looms large.

For the first time on record Rafał Blechacz plays Szymanowski’s reverie-inducing music — a revelation to those unfamiliar with it. Debussy’s Impressionist soundscapes (also new to Rafał Blechacz’s discography) — including Pour le piano and Estampes — are a natural fit for a Chopin expert such as he.”

I am not all that knowledgeable about classical and know even less about Debussy; he’s not exactly a household name, but perhaps he should be after listening to this piece. The playing by Blechacz is quite beautiful, and the sarabande is remarkable… calming at times, and dramatic in others.

I must admit that when seeing the first few seconds of the video, with the camera shooting the head and torso of the pianist, I wondered if we would see his hands. Seeing a person play a piano is a magical thing to watch… how could it not be: to see the hands’ movements creating such exquisite sounds…

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from the Deutsche Grammophon official YouTube channel:

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