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Debussy: Preludes & Children's Corner / Jumppanen

Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1304  
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paavali Jumppanen
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After the five-volume complete recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Paavali Jumppanen’s new recording on Ondine turns attention to Claude Debussy’s (1862–1918) piano works. This release includes complete Préludes together with the Children’s Corner. Debussy’s oeuvre has been explored both by the amateur pianist and the most legendary virtuosos of the keyboard. Throughout his career Debussy sought new ways to express his musical vistas. He began numerous large compositional projects and between these big ventures wrote miniatures such as songs and piano pieces. Debussy’s 24 piano preludes were published in two sets in 1910 and 1913. These miniatures are varied in character and style, and include, among others, references to Read more literature, poetry, nature, the Mediterranean landscape and the events in Paris during Debussy’s lifetime. The six pieces forming the cycle Children’s Corner (1908) evoke adult recollections of childhood. The set bears a dedication to Debussy’s daughter Chouchou and includes some of Debussy’s most well-known piano pieces, including The Snow is Dancing and Golliwogg’s cake walk. A dedicated performer of French music, Paavali Jumppanen often performs the large cycles of Debussy’s late period, namely the Préludes and the Études.



This fascinating new set, superbly recorded, presents the bona fides of the Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen as a musician of keen intelligence and almost preternatural sensitivity. One of the most striking aspects of his approach to this thricefamiliar repertory is a predilection for extremely spacious, unrushed tempos. Yet as soon as you notice this, it becomes apparent that his choice of tempo is perfectly conceived for what he has to say in the music, which is a great deal indeed. Although a first listener response to any given piece may be to wonder at the particular interpretative choices, after only a few bars it becomes difficult to imagine how it could be played any other way.

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Works on This Recording

Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paavali Jumppanen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paavali Jumppanen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paavali Jumppanen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent New Recording of the Book I Preludes October 11, 2018 By Joseph F. (Stamford, CT) See All My Reviews "I love this new recording by an artist whom I have recently discovered. This interpretation is serenely mellifluous, almost free form; impromptu and graceful. It is exceptional, but does not in my mind surpass or even match Michelangeli in terms of utter perfection. Jumppanen makes Stephen Hough's recording of the same works sound slightly too structured; however, Hough's recording is also most worthy by its own wonderfully artistic lights. Jumppanen and Bianconi are both recent acquisitions and both are great. But Michelangeli and Paul Jacobs are the gold standards." Report Abuse
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