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Mozart, Barber: Sonatas; Debussy / Van Cliburn


Release Date: 06/11/2007 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 60415   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartClaude DebussySamuel Barber
Performer:  Van Cliburn
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Along with Horowitz's famous interpretation, Van Cliburn's is one that makes every bar of the Barber Sonata really speak. Even in an excessively dry recording he manages to suggest an epic dimension, with song, dance, struggle and celebration held in admirable balance.

And it is not just the Barber which makes this an exceptionally desirable reissue. Cliburn's Mozart is beautifully shaded, scrupulously stylish and sensitive to harmonic pulls towards the dark side; and his Debussy is both supple and suavely textured, with a wonderfully judged rhapsodic abandon in ''La soiree dans Grenade''. I could understand some listeners finding the Mozart a little too well-scrubbed and toy-soldierish in places, and there is a tendency for
Read more shapes in the Debussy pieces to be too spasmodic—the Octaves Study is not helped by an exaggerated response to caesuras, and ''Jardins sous la pluie'' is too fast and marred by persistent mis-reading of B sharps as B naturals. But all that detracts very little from a truly distinguished souvenir of Cliburn's artistry.

-- Gramophone (5/1991)
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
2. Estampes (3) for Piano: no 2, La soirée dans Grenade by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
3. Estampes (3) for Piano: no 3, Jardins sous la pluie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
4. Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 1: no 5, Pour les octaves by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
5. Images for Piano, Set 1: no 1, Reflets dans l'eau by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
6. Préludes, Book 2: no 12, Feux d'artifice by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
7. Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
8. Préludes, Book 2: no 7, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Van Cliburn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 

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