Olga Stezhko: ‘Et la lune descend’ – Piano Suites by Claude Debussy
‘Et la lune descend’ is the second album by Olga Stezhko, an award-winning concert pianist and one of the leading interpreter of early and mid 20th century music. Comprising of five suites, the album marks the centenary of Debussy’s death in 2018 and charts the development of his writing for piano solo from the very first ‘Suite bergamasque’ to the much lesser known last suite ‘Six epigraphes antiques’.
Many listeners perceive Debussy as the composer of the moon, the sea and beautiful escapism. Yet, he is firmly rooted in the fast-paced urban environment of the turn of 20th century Paris, the melting pot of ideas and the avant-garde. Without completely breaking away from its bourgeois past and present, the city of his time looked firmly into the globalised future, absorbing and incorporating the new and the exotic.