Debussy - Preludes Book I and II
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Label: Piano Classics
Cat No: PCL0064
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 21st April 2014
When acclaimed pianist Hiroko Sasaki was looking for an instrument to record the Debussy Preludes on, she happened to spot a strange looking instrument which turned out to be a Pleyel concert grand built in 1873, and she instantly fell in love with it. The piano, built in a beautifully ornamented harpsichord case, offers her the special sonorities, dynamics and colours that she thinks are essential in Debussy, who himself owned a Pleyel piano, his favourite instrument.
The result is fascinating - the familiar music is clothed in a new sound, the pianissimos seem to come from "a piano without hammers", as Debussy wanted it. But an instrument needs a master to sound great, and Hiroko Sasaki does marvels with these 24 character pieces, full of atmosphere, caprice and imagination.
The booklet contains texts on the music, the instrument and photos of the piano.
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