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Devoted to Debussy
     

Devoted to Debussy

by Roberta Rust
 
A delightful program played with poetry and panache, this Debussy recital by American pianist Roberta Rust will charm enthusiasts for the French fin de siècle composer. The program brilliantly balances the well-known with the little-known and the terrifically difficult with the tremendously evocative. It opens Debussy's greatest hit --

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A delightful program played with poetry and panache, this Debussy recital by American pianist Roberta Rust will charm enthusiasts for the French fin de siècle composer. The program brilliantly balances the well-known with the little-known and the terrifically difficult with the tremendously evocative. It opens Debussy's greatest hit -- "Clair de lune (from Suite Bergamasque)" -- moves quickly through four incredibly difficult preludes -- "Feux d'artifice," "Des pas sur la neige," "La puerta del Vino," and "Ce qu'a le vent d'Ouest" -- and an unbelievably difficult etude -- "Pour les sonorités opposées" -- then lingers over the evocative estampes -- "Pagodas," "La Soirée dans Grenade," and "Jardins sous la pluie" -- before passing through the quite rare "Berceuse héroïque," "Morceau de concours," and "Ballade (Slave)" -- on the way to the climactic "Pour le Piano" -- Prélude, Sarabande, and the amazing Toccata -- followed by the extraordinarily rare "Pièce sans titre" and "Élégie." From beginning to end, Rust is totally on top of the music technically and deep into the music interpretively. Her "Clair de lune" is rapturous, her "Ce qu'a le vent d'Ouest" is ecstatic, her "Jardins sous la pluie" is atmospheric, her "Berceuse héroïque" is deeply affecting, her Toccata is astounding, and even her concluding "Élégie" is quietly moving. Though there have been many recordings of most of these pieces before, and though some of these recordings have been by such titans of the keyboard as Richter, Michelangeli, Moravec, and Gieseking, Rust nevertheless deserves to be heard by anyone who loves Debussy. Recorded in 2006 at the Wertham Performing Arts Center at Florida International University, produced by Phillip Evans, and engineered by Peter McGrath, Centaur's sound is tight, close, and constricted.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Centaur
UPC:
0044747286723
catalogNumber:
2867

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Tracks

  1. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3
  2. Feux d'artifices, prelude for piano, L. 123/12
  3. Des pas sur la neige, prelude for piano, L. 117/6
  4. La Puerta del Vino, prelude for piano, L. 123/3
  5. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest, prelude for piano, L. 117/7
  6. Pour les sonorités opposées, etude for piano, L. 136/10
  7. Estampes, for piano, L. 100
  8. Berceuse héroïque for piano (or orchestra), L. 132
  9. Morceau de Concours (Pièce), for piano, L. 108
  10. Ballade (slave), for piano (or piano, 4 hands), L. 70
  11. Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
  12. Work(s): Pièce sans titre (Piece without title)
  13. Elégie, for piano, L. 138

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