Debussy: Préludes

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
So good that one could only wish it were better, Steven Osborne's 2006 recording of both books of Debussy's preludes just misses greatness. Osborne manifestly has the technique. Even in the most technically difficult pieces, his hands fly over the keyboard to land with amazing power and ideal balance on exactly the right combination of notes at exactly the right time. He clearly has the insights. Even in the more recondite and recherché pieces, he appears to understand the poetic and symbolic meanings of Debussy's music. But one is always aware of Osborne's technique -- it doesn't disappear into the notes but remains all too firmly in the foreground. And one is always ...
See more details below
CD
$20.89
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$21.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $15.62   
  • New (3) from $15.62   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
So good that one could only wish it were better, Steven Osborne's 2006 recording of both books of Debussy's preludes just misses greatness. Osborne manifestly has the technique. Even in the most technically difficult pieces, his hands fly over the keyboard to land with amazing power and ideal balance on exactly the right combination of notes at exactly the right time. He clearly has the insights. Even in the more recondite and recherché pieces, he appears to understand the poetic and symbolic meanings of Debussy's music. But one is always aware of Osborne's technique -- it doesn't disappear into the notes but remains all too firmly in the foreground. And one is always aware of Osborne's insights -- they don't vanish into the music but remain all too clearly explications rather than interpretations. The higher virtuosity and deeper poetry of Richter, Michelangeli, Pollini, or Zimmerman's performances isn't Osborne's, and while his playing is radiantly brilliant and his insights are evidently genuine, he hasn't transcended their limitations yet. Hyperion's recording has its moments -- there are some bass notes with the uncanny "piano in the room" feeling -- but too often seems slightly obscured by a faint sonic haze.
San Jose Mercury News - Richard Scheinin
Osborne is a magician; let him carry you into Debussy's piano mists.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571175300
  • Catalog Number: 67530
  • Sales rank: 191,699

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–12 Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117 - Claude Debussy & Simon Perry (40:18)
  2. 13–24 Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123 - Claude Debussy & Simon Perry (37:18)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steven Osborne Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously