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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

"Spellbinding" is the first adjective that comes to mind in trying to describe them. The sustained intensity of his atmospheric evocation holds you in a trance throughout the entire two and a quarter hours.

It is difficult to believe that Arrau was already in his late seventies when making these recordings. 'Spellbinding' is the first adjective that comes to mind in trying to describe them. The sustained intensity of his atmospheric evocation holds you in a trance throughout the entire two and a quarter hours.

Even listening blind, so to speak, I think you might guess the player's identity. In maturer years Arrau always favoured an unhurried tempo and a deeper, more reverberant sound-world than
Read more many of his renowned contemporaries. This, coupled with a very warm Philips recording, makes for a slightly less pellucid Debussy than we sometimes hear. But that accepted, this reissue never for a moment leaves you in any doubt as to his remarkable dynamic range and tonal palette, and the sheer beauty of sound he draws from his instrument at all times.

Yes, I think just one or two pieces might have benefited from sharper-cut textures and rhythms, not forgetting ''Les tierces alternees'', ''Poissons d'or'' and ''La puerta del Vino''. But such a quibble is totally outweighed by the marvels that we're given, alike in the exuberance and virtuosity of ''Les collines d'Anacapri'' and ''Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest'', the shapely architectural breadth of ''La cathedrale engloutie'' and ''Hommage a Rameau'', the humour of ''La serenade interrompue'', the desolation of ''Des pas sur la neige'' and ''Feuilles mortes'', and the magical delicacy of colouring in ''Cloches a travers les feuilles'' and ''Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut'', to pick out just a few. And while making the music entirely his own, in all contexts he shows that same profound respect for the printed text in its every detailed expressive marking (and few composers were more generous with these than Debussy) that characterized his playing throughout his life.'

Joan Chissell, Gramophone, 2/1992
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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 1: 10. La cathédrale engloutie
Préludes - Book 1: 11. La danse de Puck
Préludes - Book 1: 12. Minstrels
Images - Book 1: 1. Reflets dans l'eau
Images - Book 1: 2. Hommage à Rameau
Images - Book 1: 3. Mouvement
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.
Préludes - Book 2: 10. Canope
Préludes - Book 2: 11. Les tierces alternées
Préludes - Book 2: 12. Feux d'artifice
Images - Book 2: 1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
Images - Book 2: 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
Images - Book 2: 3. Poissons d'or

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