Debussy: La Plus que Lente; Children's Corner; Images I & II; L'Isle joyeuse; Estampes

Debussy: La Plus que Lente; Children's Corner; Images I & II; L'Isle joyeuse; Estampes

by Stephen HoughStephen Hough


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Debussy's piano music has always been popular, of course, but the variety of good and distinctive recordings of it in the middle and late 2010s must point to some kind of cultural trend. This one by the fine pianist Stephen Hough comes on the heels of a selection by young Seong-Jin Cho, and the two recordings make a fascinating pair, covering much of the same territory. The program diverges with Hough opening with the "Estampes," while Cho plays the more proto-neoclassical "Suite Bergamasque." Each pianist plays to his strength here: Cho's playing has a kind of uncanny clarity, while Hough is a specialist in painterly varied textures. Hough's two sets of "Images" are wonderful, with tones sparking out of different registers like stars in the night sky. His "Children's Corner," even more than most readings, is subtle, more music for adults watching children than music for or about children; "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum" is a reflection on the continuing relevance of counterpoint in modern music rather than a young pianist's exercise. Only the final "L'isle joyeuse" loses a bit of energy, but this is a Debussy recital that will repay repeated hearings, nicely recorded: Bristol's St. George's Church might not seem an ideal Debussy venue.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/2018
Label: Hyperion
UPC: 0034571281391
catalogNumber: 68139
Rank: 79755


  1. L'isle joyeuse, for piano, L. 106
  2. La plus que lente, waltz for piano (or orchestra), L. 121
  3. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113
  4. Images (3), for piano, Set II, L. 111
  5. Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110
  6. Estampes, for piano, L. 100

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