Debussy: Clair de lune & Other Piano Favourites

Debussy: Clair de lune & Other Piano Favourites

by Francois-Joël ThiollierFrancois-Joël Thiollier

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2004
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313580026
catalogNumber: 8555800

Tracks

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

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