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Debussy: Complete Works For Piano Vol 3 / Bavouzet


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10467   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's Debussy cycle for Chandos gets better with each new installment. Volume 3's appropriately resonant yet warm, ample engineering improves upon the previous volumes' slightly harsh patina in louder, thicker passages. As for Bavouzet, he's one of those rare birds who can honor the composer's wishes yet manage to impart a fresh spin upon familiar material. His intelligent musicality is such that you almost never notice his prodigious technique working wonders. The Suite bergamasque is a case in point.

The pianist's rubato dabs and subtle color shifts underscore Debussy's harmonic felicities in the Prélude, while his evocative separation of melody and
Read more accompaniment in the Menuet conjures up a three-dimensional piano sonority. I love Bavouzet's purity of line and absolute yet flexible control in Claire de lune, and how he makes room for spontaneous accents and contrapuntal interplay between the hands without creating bumps on the Passepied's suave surface.

The first Arabesque soars with personal poetry, while the second's flickering motive hardly could be more pointed and supple. The Children's Corner Suite proves equally terrific. Notice the variety of articulation throughout Bavouzet's brisk account of Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, or the uncommon lilt with which the registral extremes in Jimbo's Lullaby interact. In addition, Bavouzet addresses the Allegro giusto in Golliwogg's Cake Walk with ideal vigor and swing.

The pianist also lavishes great care and consideration on the collection's smaller pieces. From its sublimely spelled-out arpeggios to its limpid, forward-moving cantabiles, the 1892 Nocturne never has sounded more meaningful on disc. And few other pianists observe La plus que lente's numerous changes in tempo and expression to Bavouzet's degree, yet make it sound so effortless, even improvisatory. This disc whets my appetite for the two books of Images to come, plus a much anticipated remake of the Etudes (I've never managed to hear Bavouzet's long-out-of-print 1996 recording for Canyon Classics). A release to savor.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturne for Piano in D flat major by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Length: 16 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Danse bohémienne by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1880; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Arabesques (2) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Rêverie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Mazurka for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1890; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Length: 15 Minutes 38 Secs. 
8.
Hommage à Haydn by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
9.
Morceau de concours by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10.
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
Le petit nègre by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
12.
Page d'album by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
13.
Berceuse heroïque by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14.
Elégie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Nocturne
Suite bergamasque: I. Prelude
Suite bergamasque: II. Menuet
Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune
Suite bergamasque: IV. Passepied
Danse bohemienne
2 Arabesques: No. 1 in E major
2 Arabesques: No. 2 in G major
Reverie
Mazurka
Children's Corner: I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Children's Corner: II. Jimbo's Lullaby
Children's Corner: III. Serenade for a Doll
Children's Corner: IV. The Snow is Dancing
Children's Corner: V. The Little Shepherd
Children's Corner: VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk
Hommage a Haydn
La plus que lente
The Little Nigar
Page d'album, "Piece pour le Vetement du blesse"
Berceuse heroique
Elegie

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