Debussy: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet is an aristocratic pianist. Even when he plays with considerable rhythmic freedom, as he does so deliciously in the first movement of the "Suite Bergamasque," the result is always perfectly poised. He lucidly lays out every layer of sound so the music never seems muddy, no matter how thick the textures are. His variety of touch is also a wonder -- listen to the frothy yet crystalline sound he brings to "Mouvement," from the first set of "Images." Yes, Gieseking's Debussy is more sweeping, Michelangeli's more chiseled, and Moravec's more dreamy, but Thibaudet has his own important things to say about this marvelous music. "Danse," a brief ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Jean-Yves Thibaudet is an aristocratic pianist. Even when he plays with considerable rhythmic freedom, as he does so deliciously in the first movement of the "Suite Bergamasque," the result is always perfectly poised. He lucidly lays out every layer of sound so the music never seems muddy, no matter how thick the textures are. His variety of touch is also a wonder -- listen to the frothy yet crystalline sound he brings to "Mouvement," from the first set of "Images." Yes, Gieseking's Debussy is more sweeping, Michelangeli's more chiseled, and Moravec's more dreamy, but Thibaudet has his own important things to say about this marvelous music. "Danse," a brief early work that often seems inconsequential, is dazzlingly effervescent under this pianist's fleet fingers. Best of all are the 12 elusive Études, Debussy's last major work for piano. Thibaudet captures the mercurial moods of these demanding pieces with disarming grace. The opening of "Pour les cinq doigts -- d'après Monsieur Czerny" is comical without being coarse, for example, and Thibaudet allows the music to gather momentum with compelling inevitability. He brings off the other 11 études with equal care and panache, realizing the reams of notes with more perfumed delicacy than Mitsuko Uchida's much-acclaimed interpretation. Decca's engineers provide Thibaudet with a clear yet warmly atmospheric recording that's a joy to the ear. All told, this second volume of Debussy's complete piano music is even finer than its admirable predecessor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2000
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946024720
  • Catalog Number: 460247

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (16:57)
  2. 4–6 Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (13:52)
  3. 5 Le petit nègre, cakewalk for piano, L. 114 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (1:43)
  4. 8–13 Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (14:37)
  5. 9 La plus que lente, waltz for piano (or orchestra), L. 121 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (4:56)
  6. 10 Valse romantique, for piano, L. 71 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (4:02)
  7. 11 Ballade (slave), for piano (or piano, 4 hands), L. 70 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (7:56)
  8. 12 Tarantelle styrienne, for piano (or orchestra), L. 69 ("Danse") - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (4:57)
  9. 13 Mazurka, for piano, L. 67 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (3:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (17:19)
  2. 2 Hommage à Joseph Haydn, for piano, L. 115 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (1:51)
  3. 3 Elégie, for piano, L. 138 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (2:33)
  4. 4 Berceuse héroïque for piano (or orchestra), L. 132 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (4:07)
  5. 5 Pièce pour piano, L. 133 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (1:12)
  6. 9–20 Études (12) for piano, L. 136 - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (47:20)
  7. 10 Étude retrouvée, for piano - edited by Howat, Roy - Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (4:11)
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Performance Credits
Jean-Yves Thibaudet Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    First off, many thanks to my Amazon friend Amy for another stellar recommendation! Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs the piano works of Debussy with a warmth and passion that display a true understanding of the music. His ability to play each piece with individual attention showcases his talent and flair for the piano and his obvious love for fellow countryman Debussy's compositions for solo piano. Thibaudet began playing the piano at 5, learning from his mother, apparently an accomplished pianist herself. The prodigy gave his first public performance at age 7 and performed with an orchestra for the first time at the age of 11 where he was awarded for his performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, no small task. The wonder that is Thibaudet is also able to play the violin and, from what I understand, hopes to conduct. Thibaudet's understanding and interpretation of Debussy's work show an exquisite gift for not only playing, but also feeling the music. This entire set "I highly recommend Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Debussy - Complete works for piano, Vol. 2 to round out the collection of Debussy's wonderful compositions for piano" is a feast for the ears, a delightful foray in to the music of one of the master French Impressionists. Debussy had a flair for the musically strange, the untried, the unexplored. He experimented with sound and atonality often with great success some would argue otherwise, but I love Debussy's creative streak. The man was unorthodox, naming his Piano Concerto a 'Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra' and often naming his pieces as he wanted the piece interpreted that is to say, he wrote tone poems, he just didn't call them that. Offered on this double disc set are 13 of Debussy's compositions for piano several are from larger groups of pieces: ***Preludes, Book 1 - Amazing collection of 12 pieces, 2 I would consider well known "'La fille aux chevaux de lin' or 'The girl with the flaxen hair' and 'La Cathedrale engloutie' or 'The Sunken {or 'Englufed'} Cathedral". Debussy composed these pieces as 'tone poems' though he didn't identify them as such and intended that each be performed as an individual piece, not grouped together. All are vivid in their poetic representation of the titles. ***Estampes "literally 'Embossment', but figuratively, and a more accurate description, 'impressions', like wooden or metal reliefs" - Three pieces, 1. 'Pagodes' "'Pagodos'", 2. 'La soiree dans Grenade' "'An evening in Grenada'", and 3. 'Jardins sous la pluie' "'Gardens in the rain'". As with Preludes this is a group of 'tone poems'. All 3 are superb. ***Preludes, Book 2 - Another collection of 12 pieces composed as 'tone poems'. I had not heard any of these pieces until I purchased this set, but all are wonderful. Like Book 1, each piece was composed with the intention of being an individual piece, representing a visual. ***'Images inedites' "literally 'unseen images'" - One of several compositions that Debussy entitled 'Images', thus increasing his volume of works that were 'tone poems' but not named such. ***'Pour le piano' "perhaps obviously, 'For a piano'" - 3 pieces, Prelude and Toccatta are quick, where Sarabande is much slower and far more enjoyable, in my humble opinion. *****Deux Arabesques - Simply Amazing! In my humble opinion these are some of the most incomparable pieces ever composed for piano beautiful. The remaining pieces are stand-alone compositions for solo piano: **Reverie "'Daydream"ing"'" - Another 'tone poem'. If the Arabesques are amazing, 'Reverie' is absolute perfection. **Masques "'Masks'" - Yet another 'tone poem'. Fast paced and uplifting. **'L'isle joyeuse' "'The Joyous Isle'" - Again, a 'tone poem' quite playful and enjoyable. **D'un cahier d'esquisses' "literally 'From a sketchbook'" - Again, a 'tone poem' slow, soft and beautif

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