Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 4

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's four-disc survey of Debussy's complete piano music may well be among the finest ever recorded, fit to stand with Gieseking and Rogé. Here in the fourth and final volume, Bavouzet completes his survey with both series of "Images" and both books of "Études." The former are among the French Impressionist's most richly evocative works while the latter are among the French proto-Modernist's most recklessly virtuosic works, and Bavouzet gives every work the performance it deserves. In the "Images," his nuanced tone, blended sonorities, and intense intimacy reach to the music's expressive heart. In the "Études," his clear tone, brazen sonorities and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's four-disc survey of Debussy's complete piano music may well be among the finest ever recorded, fit to stand with Gieseking and Rogé. Here in the fourth and final volume, Bavouzet completes his survey with both series of "Images" and both books of "Études." The former are among the French Impressionist's most richly evocative works while the latter are among the French proto-Modernist's most recklessly virtuosic works, and Bavouzet gives every work the performance it deserves. In the "Images," his nuanced tone, blended sonorities, and intense intimacy reach to the music's expressive heart. In the "Études," his clear tone, brazen sonorities and astounding technique find the music's intellectual core. But whatever the music, Bavouzet is always himself. Just to take two small examples, the way he treats the accents in "Mouvement" from the First Series of "Images" and in the "Pour les 'cinq doigts"' from Book 1 of the "Études" is wholly his own, the former closer to détaché than staccato, the later closer to staccato than sforzando. And yet Bavouzet is always faithful to the music. No matter how fresh and natural his interpretation, his fidelity to the score is absolute. Recorded in crystalline and atmospheric digital sound, this disc concludes a series that every Debussy aficionado should pay close attention to.
Gramophone - James Inverne
[December 2008 CD of the Month] A momentum has been building throughout Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's superb Debussy exploration and there is a sense of culmination in this, the fourth volume. With one still to go, the mind boggles as to how he will top this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115149720
  • Catalog Number: 10497
  • Sales rank: 6,443

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110 - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (14:29)
  2. 4–6 Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111 - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (12:57)
  3. 5 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 1. Pour les 'cinq doigts': d'après Monsieu - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (3:06)
  4. 6 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 2. Pour les Tierces - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (3:39)
  5. 7 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 3. Pour les Quartes - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (4:54)
  6. 8 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 4. Pour les Sixtes. - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (4:00)
  7. 9 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 5. Pour les Octaves - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (2:43)
  8. 10 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 6. Pour les huit doigts - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (1:38)
  9. 11 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 7. Pour les degrés chromatiques - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (2:10)
  10. 12 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 8. Pour les agréments - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (5:03)
  11. 13 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 9. Pour les notes répétées - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (3:05)
  12. 14 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 10. Pour les Sonorités opposées - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (5:41)
  13. 15 Étude retrouvée, for piano - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (3:55)
  14. 16 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 11. Pour les Arpèges composés - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (4:27)
  15. 17 Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 12. Pour les accords - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Claude Debussy (4:35)
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