Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 4

Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 4

by Jean-Efflam BavouzetJean-Efflam Bavouzet

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2008
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115149720
catalogNumber: 10497
Rank: 145250

Tracks

  1. Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110
  2. Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111
  3. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 1. Pour les 'cinq doigts': d'après Monsieu
  4. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 2. Pour les Tierces
  5. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 3. Pour les Quartes
  6. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 4. Pour les Sixtes.
  7. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 5. Pour les Octaves
  8. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 1: 6. Pour les huit doigts
  9. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 7. Pour les degrés chromatiques
  10. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 8. Pour les agréments
  11. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 9. Pour les notes répétées
  12. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 10. Pour les Sonorités opposées
  13. Étude retrouvée, for piano
  14. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 11. Pour les Arpèges composés
  15. Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136: Book 2: 12. Pour les accords

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