Debussy: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2

Debussy: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2

by Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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Debussy: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2000
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946024720
catalogNumber: 460247


  1. Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110
  2. Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111
  3. Le petit nègre, cakewalk for piano, L. 114
  4. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113
  5. La plus que lente, waltz for piano (or orchestra), L. 121
  6. Valse romantique, for piano, L. 71
  7. Ballade (slave), for piano (or piano, 4 hands), L. 70
  8. Tarantelle styrienne, for piano (or orchestra), L. 69 ("Danse")
  9. Mazurka, for piano, L. 67
  10. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75
  11. Hommage à Joseph Haydn, for piano, L. 115
  12. Elégie, for piano, L. 138
  13. Berceuse héroïque for piano (or orchestra), L. 132
  14. Pièce pour piano, L. 133
  15. Études (12) for piano, L. 136
  16. Étude retrouvée, for piano - edited by Howat, Roy

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