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Debussy For Children / Boris Berman


Release Date: 07/31/2001 
Label:  Ottavo   Catalog #: 59970   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Boris Berman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music on this CD is not meant for children in the same way as Bartok for instance intended some of his piano music for children: to be played by children in order to help them learn to master the instrument and to gain insight into the structure of the music. It is pedagogical material of the highest order, offering children the opportunity to be able to play the instrument. Debussy wrote Children's Corner between 1906 and 1908 for his daughter Chou-Chou, born in 1905, and this music is meant to be listened to by children, just as Le Petit Negre is meant to be listened to, for the technique required to play it is by no means "childish." La Boite a Joujoux is a ballet by Andre Helle. The piano version dates from 1913. Debussy began work Read more on its orchestration, but it was completed after his death in 1918 by Andre Caplet. Caplet had previously orchestrated Children's Corner and had intended orchestrating other works by Debussy, including the third movement of Suite Bergamasque. Composed in 1890, Suite Bergamasque underwent a long period of alterations and modifications; it was finally published in 1905. Strictly speaking, this music was not composed for children, but it is a welcome addition to the works presented on this disc. In the CD booklet, the story of the ballet La Boite a Joujoux is presented in full, complete with illustrations and the track cues coordinated with the music on the disc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La boîte à joujoux by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Frits Philips Music Center, Eindhoven 
Length: 30 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Frits Philips Music Center, Eindhoven 
Length: 16 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Frits Philips Music Center, Eindhoven 
Length: 17 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Le petit nègre by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Frits Philips Music Center, Eindhoven 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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