Debussy: Clair de lune & Other Piano Favourites

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
This sampler disc from Naxos' series of the complete piano works of Debussy, performed by François-Joël Thiollier, features the most well-known of Debussy's pieces. Thiollier is well-versed in this literature, having recorded all of Ravel's piano works and several French piano and orchestra works for Naxos. What is notable here is not his ability to carefully control the tone color which is not harmed by the slight distance and echoing of the recording's sound, but his phrasing and overall interpretation. The "Arabesque No. 1" is much more relaxed than others' versions, even in the accelerandos. In fact, in most of the works, he takes liberties with the music, usually ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
This sampler disc from Naxos' series of the complete piano works of Debussy, performed by François-Joël Thiollier, features the most well-known of Debussy's pieces. Thiollier is well-versed in this literature, having recorded all of Ravel's piano works and several French piano and orchestra works for Naxos. What is notable here is not his ability to carefully control the tone color which is not harmed by the slight distance and echoing of the recording's sound, but his phrasing and overall interpretation. The "Arabesque No. 1" is much more relaxed than others' versions, even in the accelerandos. In fact, in most of the works, he takes liberties with the music, usually putting in much more rubato than is normally heard. "The Snow Is Dancing" is more like "The Snow Is Floating Gently Down" in spots. The "Arabesque No. 2" and "Danse" have more rounded edges than bright sparkles. His interpretations are not necessarily bad-sounding, just unexpected and unusual, if you are at all familiar with these pieces, and it leaves you wondering why he makes the choices he does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313580026
  • Catalog Number: 8555800
  • Sales rank: 35,972

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (5:12)
  2. 2 La plus que lente, waltz for piano (or orchestra), L. 121 - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (4:46)
  3. 3 Arabesques (2) for piano, L. 66: Arabesque No. 1 - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (5:06)
  4. 4 Le petit nègre, cakewalk for piano, L. 114 - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (1:30)
  5. 5 Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: The snow is dancing - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (2:53)
  6. 6 Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: The little shepherd - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (2:54)
  7. 7 Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: Golliwog's cakewalk - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (3:08)
  8. 8 Estampes, for piano, L. 100: La soirée dans Grenade - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (5:29)
  9. 9 Estampes, for piano, L. 100: Jardins sous la pluie - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (3:46)
  10. 10 Arabesques (2) for piano, L. 66: Arabesque No. 2 - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (3:36)
  11. 11 Valse romantique, for piano, L. 71 - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (3:31)
  12. 12 Tarantelle styrienne (Danse), for piano (or orchestra), L. 69 - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (5:14)
  13. 13 Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95: Toccata - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (3:59)
  14. 14 Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110: Reflets dans l'eau - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (5:17)
  15. 15 Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111: Poissons d'or - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (3:54)
  16. 16 Mazurka, for piano, L. 67 - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (3:06)
  17. 17 Rêverie, for piano, L. 68 - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (4:23)
  18. 18 Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La fille aux cheveux de lin - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (2:13)
  19. 19 Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Minstrels - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (2:07)
  20. 20 Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La cathédrale engloutie - Claude Debussy & Francois-Joël Thiollier (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Francois-Joël Thiollier Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magical - very much worth the purchase

    I enjoy this CD at home during the weekends, as well as in my car while sitting in stressful traffic. The musical selections, like most classical, not only have a calming effect, but also have a way of inspiring, motivating and exciting the senses. I would recommend this CD to everyone - includes some tracks you may be familiar with, and some that you might hear for the first time. All in all, it is a CD to fall in love with.

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