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Debussy: Images / Simon Trpceski

Release Date: 02/05/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 272   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Simon Trpceski
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

DEBUSSY 2 Arabesques. Images: Sets 1 & 2. Children’s Corner. Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune. L’isle joyeuse Simon Trp?eski (pn) EMI 00272 (62:27)

This young Macedonian-born pianist has won prizes in several international competitions and already made lauded EMI recordings of works by Rachmaninoff and Chopin, among others. This disc, my introduction to his playing, offers Read more colorful, persuasive, and technically accomplished readings of many of Debussy’s best pre-1910 works. He is equally at home in the charming, early Arabesques , the touching and often humorous vignettes of Children’s Corner , the masterful colorism of the Images , and the striking virtuosity of L’isle joyeuse . He is especially good at differentiating his touches even while providing the requisite washes of pedalled sound, particularly in the first, fourth, and sixth of the Images. His pacing in the faster pieces and especially his control of sound during climactic moments attest to a degree of musicianship that goes well beyond the obvious sensational approaches of some of his younger peers. Rather, the comparison should be with such venerable pianists as Michelangeli in the Images and Gieseking in Children’s Corner. Like them, Trp?eski plays with much imagination, yet he never calls attention to himself. And in the concluding pages of L’isle joyeuse , he stirs up more excitement than even Horowitz and Richter mustered on their otherwise fine accounts. Trp?eski provides just the sort of playing that Debussy himself seems to have liked, to judge from his letters and coaching. In short, I highly recommend this disc and I look forward to the time when this pianist will favor us with the complete Préludes and the Douze Etudes.

FANFARE: Charles Timbrell
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Works on This Recording

Arabesques (2) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Length: 16 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Length: 27 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
L'isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Arabesque No.1
Arabesque No.2
Children's Corner: I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Children's Corner: II. Jimbo's Lullaby
Children's Corner: III. Serenade for the Doll
Children's Corner: IV. The Snow is Dancing
Children's Corner: V. The Little Shepherd
Children's Corner: VI. Golliwogg's Cake Walk
Images: Book 1, Set 1: Reflets dans l'eau
Images: Book 1, Set 1: Hommage à Rameau
Images: Book 1, Set 1: Mouvement; SET 2
Images: Book 1, Set 1: Cloches à travers les fénilles
Images: Book 1, Set 1: Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
Images: Book 1, Set 1: Poissons d'or
Clair de lune
L'isle joyeuse

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