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Debussy: Beau Soir - Preludes Book 2, Etc / Michael Lewin [CD & Blu-ray Audio]

Debussy / Lewin,Michael
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92175   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes a blu-ray audio CD playable on blu-ray players only and a standard CD playable on all CD players.

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Even in a catalog crowded with world-class Debussy Préludes Book II cycles, Michael Lewin has a lot to offer. The intricate fingerwork in Nos. 1, 4, 8, 11 and 12 combine muted hues and blueprint clarity, while sustained neutral tones create haunting long lines throughout Nos. 2 and 10. The disc opens with pianist/transcriber Koji Attwood’s beautiful reworking of the song “Beau Soir,” followed by myriad short works. Although Lewin’s cut and dried Valse romantique and La Plus que lente may lack charm and sentiment to certain ears, L’isle joyeux and Etude pour les octaves release their
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– Jed Distler, Listen Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Valse romantique by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
2. Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
3. L'isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
4. Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 1: no 5, Pour les octaves by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
5. Elégie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
6. Tarentelle styrienne "Danse" by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1890; France 
7. La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
8. Children's Corner: The Little Shepherd by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
9. Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 

Sound Samples

Beau soir (arr. for piano)
L'isle joyeuse
Children's Corner: V. The Little Shepherd
Danse, "Tarantelle styrienne"
Elegie
12 Etudes: No. 5. Pour les octaves (For octaves)
Valse romantique
La plus que lente
Preludes, Book 2: No. 1. Brouillards
Preludes, Book 2: No. 2. Feuilles mortes
Preludes, Book 2: No. 3. La puerta del vino
Preludes, Book 2: No. 4. Les fees sont d'exquises danseuses
Preludes, Book 2: No. 5. Bruyeres
Preludes, Book 2: No. 6. General Lavine - eccentric
Preludes, Book 2: No. 7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Preludes, Book 2: No. 8. Ondine
Preludes, Book 2: No. 9. Hommage a S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C
Preludes, Book 2: No. 10. Canope
Preludes, Book 2: No. 11. Les tierces alternees
Preludes, Book 2: No. 12. Feux d'artifice

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Magnificent Debussy March 20, 2014 By Francoise Duphil See All My Reviews "This is a masterful accomplishment. Mr Lewin is sovereign in this repertoire. The Preludes rank with the very best best on disc, and are recorded in such superb sound that this must now be the reference recording for the Second Book of Preludes. The other 8 pieces are also memorable. The new Attwood transcription of Beau Soir is gorgeous and provides a magical opening for the disc. Lewin's unerring sense of style, mastery of pedalling, virtuosic command and tonal and dynamic range is jaw-dropping. The more brilliant works such as L'isle joyeuse and Feux d'artifice truly reveal Debussy as the most ground-breaking composer for the piano since Liszt. It is a pleasure to encounter some of the least known piano works here as well- the early Valse romantique and Danse styriennce, and the late Elegie, which I had never heard before. La plus que lente is ravishing. The imaginative range of the Preludes is astounding, each one having its own unique sound world, telling its story with a seemingly limitless range of color, touch and dynamics." Report Abuse
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