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#544198 - 07/03/01 09:33 AM Did someone say Debussy?
Joe Offline
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Registered: 06/27/01
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Well no, but since we're on the subject of recordings, can anyone tell me of some good Debussy recordings? Debussy is another area of music that is fairly foreign to me. I never cared a great deal for him, but a friend of mine played some recently, and I liked everything he played, so now I want to hear more.

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#544199 - 07/03/01 10:14 AM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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Walter Gieseking's complete Debussy recording is well-received. It's been somewhat accepted as a classic. French pianist Samson Francois is, IMO, a Debussy natural. Try his playing and see if you like it. Another name among my favorite Debussians is Ivan Moravec.

For the 12 Etudes I'd recommend M. Uchida and Ju-Ying Song. The latter is not a widely known name to the public. She is, however, a maturing pianist with unusual insights. If you choose, search for her CDs under the label ProPiano.

I'm sure others would come up with more recs.


#544200 - 07/03/01 11:13 AM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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Krystian Zimmerman recently recorded the complete preludes, and it looks like it's going to be viewed as definitive of contemporary pianism in the years to come. For some good old school, look for Alfred Cortot.

#544201 - 07/04/01 12:14 PM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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Thanks much for the suggestions, I'm going to keep my eyes open for them. I have one Dubussy recording, by Rubinstein. I like it well enough, but I've been told that it its somewhat 'unconventional'. It will be good to compare it with some other performances.

#544202 - 07/04/01 01:20 PM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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It might surprise you to learn that that "recent" recording of the Preludes by Krystian Zimerman dates from 1994, (how time flies when you're having fun!) but it is still considered a definitive recording of the Preludes; it would be hard to beat.
In the early 1990's, Gordon Fergus-Thompson recorded the "complete Piano Music" of Debussy on the ASV label; I have three of them, Vols. 3, 4, and 5 and find them outstanding. Very much worth listening to if you can find them.
You should also not overlook the single disc by Paul Roberts - nicely recorded on a Bosendorfer Concert grand, by the way - of "Debussy Piano Music" as it's called (Classical Recording Company, CRC501-2, 1994). It is particularly interesting, in the light of his Debussy scholarship; see his book "Images, The Piano Music of Claude Debussy," Amadeus Press, Portland, OR, 1996.
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#544203 - 07/04/01 10:25 PM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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Phillipe Cassard has recently played the complete piano music of Debussy to very high acclaim. I'd recommend giving him a try... I heard his complete preludes and they were quite stunning.

And I'd agree with taking a look at Alfred Cortot also. Rubinstein isn't that excellent with impressionist music I find... he's absolutely wonderful with Classical and Romantic but when it comes to Debussy, I find he is uncomfortable... too jerky, not good shaping... I don't know... that's just my opinion.



#544204 - 07/06/01 10:47 AM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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I actually like Rubinstein's recordings of impressionistic music, at least the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

I would add a couple more sets to everybody else's great suggestions. I really like Gulda's early set of Debussy's 24 Preludes. It was recorded in the 50's, so the sound isn't the best. But, I think they are very imaginative and pleasing to listen to. I also really like a disk of Michelangeli that I have playing both books of Images and the Children's Corner. Fantastic playing in that one.


#544205 - 07/09/01 08:41 AM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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I agree, Michelangeli's recordings on Debussy are some of the best. It's a double DGG, a bit expensive but IMO it's worth the price. The Children's Corner is especially great: his "Serenade for the doll" is unlike any other I've heard, it's very elegant and neat. His Preludes too are great: his touch is very soft, gentle, imaginative.

I also like Richter's recs of the Estampes, especially the first one (Pagodes). I have his live recording in Salzburg, 1977.

#544206 - 07/09/01 02:38 PM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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I would add to Jac's..Richter "Suite Bergamasque" (my favorite "Clair de Lune") This is from the "Richter In Salzburg 1977" CD also. Music & Art #CD-1019

#544207 - 07/10/01 12:05 AM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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This sure is a great turn out, thanks again!

#544208 - 07/10/01 04:56 AM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
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There is a Debussy piece on a movie soundtrack that's delightful. Can't get enough of it. It's entitled "Petite Suite—Ballet," performed by Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky for two pianos. Anyone know this work?

We have the Preludes performed by Dino Ciani and the Suite Bergamasque by Tamás Vásáry on the same DG disk. It was highly recommended by my son's piano teacher.


#544209 - 07/10/01 05:28 AM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
Diarmuid Offline
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Registered: 05/27/01
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Hi Joy,

Neil & Jill recorded that one on my (digital)piano recently. I put an mp3 up at:

Debussy - Petite Suite (Ballet)

Hope you like it \:\)

#544210 - 07/10/01 01:05 PM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
Joy Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 550
Loc: Encinitas, CA
Wow. Today is my birthday, so hearing this piece pouring out gloriously from my computer is a real treat. Thank you so much, Diarmuid.


\:D \:D \:D
Y A Y !

[ July 10, 2001: Message edited by: Joy ]

#544211 - 07/10/01 04:03 PM Re: Did someone say Debussy?
Joe Offline
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Loc: New Jersey
That was pretty nice \:\)


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