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Debussy: Images, 2 Arabesques, Etc / Zoltán Kocsis


Release Date: 08/05/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 422404   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As soon as Kocsis plays the first few bars of ''Reflets dans l'eau'' one is engulfed in the extreme refinement of the sound. The shimmering lights on the water's surface come and go in the most fascinating manner...

Zoltan Kocsis is certainly one of the most talented pianists of our time and in the two books of Debussy's Images one can hear him at something like his peak. As soon as he plays the first few bars of ''Reflets dans l'eau'' one is engulfed in the extreme refinement of the sound. The shimmering lights on the water's surface come and go in the most fascinating manner... In the Second Book the images are more specific. I felt that in ''Cloches a travers les feuilles'' Kocsis handled the initial right-hand theme
Read more too heavily, but none the less there is a wonderful sense of light and of the mysterious medley of shadows and delicate sounds playing on the ground and in the air. Kocsis has an ability to layer and control the dynamics between his hands that is quite superb. The classical purity and serenity of ''Et la lune descend'' are also caught with amazing insight and culture. The Images close with ''Poissons d'or'', in which the agitated fish appear and disappear in the water in an almost impudent manner; there is real humour and spontaneity here... The other shorter pieces in Kocsis's recording generally maintain the same high standard. Especially noteworthy is the extraordinary balaneing of chords in the 6/8 au mouvement section of D'un cahier d'esquisses—this is a measure of his superb craftsmanship... Philips have pulled out all the stops for Kocsis and have come up with a magically vivid recording, especially in the Images.

-- James Methuen-Campbell, Gramophone [2/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
D'un cahier d'esquisses by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
L'isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Arabesques (2) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Hommage à Haydn by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Rêverie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Page d'album by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Berceuse heroïque by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
8.
Images for Piano, Set 1: no 1, Reflets dans l'eau by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
9.
Images for Piano, Set 1: no 2, Hommage à Rameau by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Images for Piano, Set 1: no 3, Mouvement by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
11.
Images for Piano, Set 2: no 1, Cloches à travers les feuilles by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
12.
Images for Piano, Set 2: no 2, Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
Images for Piano, Set 2: no 3, Poissons d'or by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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