Debussy - Piano Works Vol.4
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Cat No: CHAN10497
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th October 2008
Etudes pour piano (6), Book 1
Etudes pour piano (6), Book 2
Images pour piano, Book 1
Images pour piano, Book 2
ArtistsJean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
‘We have a lot to learn from Debussy,’ writes Bavouzet. ‘Through the sophisticated sounds he seeks to create and the simplicity of his textures by which he builds, in just a few phrases and harmonies, a whole world of poetry, but also through writing which always reveals a highly contrapuntal way of thinking, Debussy compels us to listen to his music in a very private, intense and nearly religious manner.’
Here, Bavouzet completes his cycles with works at the extreme of his pianistic style; Études Books 1 & 2 and Images Books 1 & 2. Étude retrouvée completes the recording. The Images were the product of Debussy the art-lover and derive from his early reading Baudelaire. The Études, on the other hand, look inwards at the properties and possibilities of the musical substance itself. They contain some of Debussy’s most demanding piano writing – five of the twelve were never recorded commercially until after 1950. But, despite their difficulty, a playful spirit is very much in evidence.
This series is a deeply personal project for Bavouzet who has been involved in all aspects of the recording process.
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