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Claudio Arrau Edition - Debussy


Release Date: 09/11/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 432304   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Claudio Arrau. Philips 432 304-2 [Images and Preludes complete, with Estampes; Philips 420 393-2 and 420 394-2]

Arrau’s readings, recorded in 1979, find him in spectacular form. They may not be the last word in spontaneity or electricity, but they possess sincerity and beauty in full measure, along with an appealing tonal richness. Reflets dans l’eau is extraordinary water music, limpid and cooling, while La cathédrale engloutie emerges as a colossal sonic sculpture, full of nobility, sensitivity, sentiment...and heavy breathing that makes the experience of hearing it that much more lifelike. Philips’ sound is brilliant. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.
Claudio Arrau. Philips 432 304-2 [Images and Preludes complete, with Estampes; Philips 420 393-2 and 420 394-2]

Arrau’s readings, recorded in 1979, find him in spectacular form. They may not be the last word in spontaneity or electricity, but they possess sincerity and beauty in full measure, along with an appealing tonal richness. Reflets dans l’eau is extraordinary water music, limpid and cooling, while La cathédrale engloutie emerges as a colossal sonic sculpture, full of nobility, sensitivity, sentiment...and heavy breathing that makes the experience of hearing it that much more lifelike. Philips’ sound is brilliant. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
2.
Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
3.
Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
4.
Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
5.
Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 

Sound Samples

Préludes - Book 1: 1. Danseuses de Delphes
Préludes - Book 1: 2. Voiles
Préludes - Book 1: 3. Le vent dans la plaine
Préludes - Book 1: 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
Préludes - Book 1: 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
Préludes - Book 1: 6. Des pas sur la neige
Préludes - Book 1: 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Préludes - Book 1: 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Préludes - Book 1: 9. La sérénade interrompue
Préludes - Book 2: 10. Canope
Préludes - Book 1: 10. La cathédrale engloutie
Préludes - Book 1: 11. La danse de Puck
Préludes - Book 2: 11. Les tierces alternées
Préludes - Book 1: 12. Minstrels
Préludes - Book 2: 12. Feux d'artifice
Images - Book 1: 1. Reflets dans l'eau
Images - Book 2: 1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
Images - Book 2: 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
Images - Book 1: 2. Hommage à Rameau
Images - Book 1: 3. Mouvement
Images - Book 2: 3. Poissons d'or
Estampes: 1. Pagodes
Estampes: 2. Soirée dans Grenade
Estampes: 3. Jardins sous la pluie
Préludes - Book 2: 1. Brouillards
Préludes - Book 2: 2. Feuilles mortes
Préludes - Book 2: 3. La puerta del vino
Préludes - Book 2: 4. "Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses"
Préludes - Book 2: 5. Bruyères
Préludes - Book 2: 6. "General Lavine" - eccentric
Préludes - Book 2: 7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Préludes - Book 2: 8. Ondine
Préludes - Book 2: 9. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.

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