On Debussy's Piano And...
On Debussy's Piano And...
On Sept. 29th, 2009 Thollem McDonas and Stefano Scodanibbio played a concert at Musee LaBenche in Brive-La-Gaillarde, France with the only piano Claude Debussy owned the last 14 years of his life. This was the first published recording of his piano.
Liner notes by Terry Riley:
Anyone who has heard Thollem McDonas or Stefano Scodanibbio
as a soloist might well imagine what a combination of their unique genius could produce. Now you can hear it for real on Debussy’s Piano...yes... the same piano the magical, marvelous and world-changing Claude Debussy once owned and played himself. And Debussy’s spirit certainly hovers here in the auras of ferocious demoniacal energies and delicate impressionistic shades of
vibration emanating from these mesmerizing, polished structures.
Scodanibbio, for many years, redefined and expanded greatly
the techniques of playing the double bass. He has made this
instrument speak in ways never before experienced and has unleashed a sonic arsenal for this instrument that has inspired composers like Cage, Berio and Stockhausen to heap praise on
this wonderful 21st c. Paganini. On this recording he burns
through Thollem’s structures with fire and elegance.
Thollem’s keyboard flights unleash cascades of notes of
seemingly impossible velocity and no matter where he goes
tonally, it always seems right, fresh and satisfying. He should
be on everyone’s listening list who appreciates great piano
music. As an improviser, he inhabits a world uniquely his
own, rhythmically, harmonically and formally. A true original.
Debussy’s Piano, Thollem and Scodanibbio. An imaginative
idea, wonderfully realized with virtuosity, improvisational
mastery and intuitive communication of deep sensibility all
residing here in the magical marriage of their artistry.
- Terry Riley
This is a documentary by Tuia Cherici (Manucinema) about the making of On Debussy's Piano And... (Die Schachtel/Edgetone Records 2010).
Includes interviews and live concert footage from Sept. 29th and 30th, 2008 at Musee Labenche in Brive-la-Gaillarde with Thollem McDonas and Stefano Scodanibbio on the only piano Claude Debussy owned the last 14 years of his life. Plus interviews with Terry Riley, Joan Jeanrenaud, Maurice Rousteau, Claire Moser, Stefano Scodanibbio, Thollem McDonas, Edoardo Ricci, and Jacopo Andreini.
Also includes short films to the music of Thollem Scodanibbio by David Latreille and Peter Sparling.
This project was made possible by the generous donations of
Jose and Clare Villa, Daniel and Jennifer Villa, Martha Mejia, MD,
and Siskiyou Mountain Herbs.
In loving memory of Claude Debussy, Geraldine Serine and Stefano Scodanibbio