Debussy: Images; L'Isle Joyeuse; Estampes; Masques; Children's Corner; D'un Chaier d'Esquisses

Debussy: Images; L'Isle Joyeuse; Estampes; Masques; Children's Corner; D'un Chaier d'Esquisses

by Steven Osborne

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Debussy: Images; L'Isle Joyeuse; Estampes; Masques; Children's Corner; D'un Chaier d'Esquisses

Steven Osborne is not a household name, but the appearance of this album of Debussy standards on sales charts' top tiers is not a surprise: audiences have come to expect fresh approaches, executed at a high technical level, from this remarkably consistent player and that's what he delivers. If you are expecting the watercolor Debussy, you'll get very little of it here: Even in the two sets of "Images," Osborne, though quite evocative, traces Debussy's lines with precision. As usual, one of Osborne's strengths here lies in the organization of the program: he begins not with one of the "Impressionist" works, but with the vigorous "Masques." That makes the effect of the "Images" all the more intense. The "Children's Corner" is not set off into a category of light works, and its effect is revelatory. It comes off not as a work for children, or even a work appealing to children, but as a work about children, and it makes a uniquely satisfying conclusion. Sample "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum," in which the good doctor takes on a slightly demonic mood, or the final "Golliwog's Cake Walk," which, unlike in most performances, receives its proper ragtime energy. Highly recommended, even for those with several versions of these works in their collections.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2017
Label: Hyperion Uk
UPC: 0034571281612
catalogNumber: 68161
Rank: 102101

Tracks

  1. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113
  2. Estampes, for piano, L. 100
  3. Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111
  4. Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110
  5. L'isle joyeuse, for piano, L. 106
  6. D'un cahier d'esquisses, for piano, L. 99
  7. Masques, for piano, L. 105

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