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Debussy, Chopin: Piano Works / Youri Egorov


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 73656   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Youri Egorov made a handful of recordings for EMI before his tragic early death at 33 from AIDS. The present "Double Forte" features the pianist's two CD Debussy collections, filled out here with his 1982 Chopin recital. The larger-scaled Chopin works fare best. Egorov's unhurried conceptions of the B-flat Minor Scherzo and F Minor Fantasie shine with personalized poetry. The pianist takes unusual care to bring out the G Minor Ballade's left-hand counterpoints so that they are heard rather than highlighted. By contrast, the Nocturnes float on static dreamclouds, and the foully-tuned piano throughout the Op. 27 No. 2 D-flat selection is hard to endure. Egorov's Debussy, though, is what really counts here, and his strong, Read more sensitively nuanced way with this elusive composer more than holds its own in the company of Arrau, Gieseking, Michelangeli, Paul Jacobs, and others. The Book Two Preludes are particularly ravishing and evocative, as are the Estampes and, to a lesser extant, Reflets dans l'eau. Egorov's sultry lilt throughout the habanera-tinged La Puerto del Vino and La Soirée dans Grenade alone are worth the price of this release. The slow-motion mood pieces from Preludes Book One work better under Egorov's fingers than friskier selections like La Danse de Puck and Minstrels, which are a tad earthbound and literal here. One hopes that Egorov's fine Schumann EMI recordings will also find a home on EMI's "Double-Forte" series.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

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Youri Egorov, who died tragically young in 1988, provides the opposite side of the coin to Planès. Always passionately aware of the whole, he is occasionally unaware of trifling details such as dynamics or rhythm. Nevertheless, there is a great deal to admire in Egorov’s playing. Few pianists are as captivating in the melancholic desolation of ‘Des pas sur la neige’, or as extravagantly colourful in ‘Feux d’artifice’. Egorov’s Chopin also impresses, particularly the Nocturnes.

-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 40 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 38 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Images for Piano, Set 1: no 1, Reflets dans l'eau by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1981-82 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 1981-82 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1981-82 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1981-82 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
9.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1981-82 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1981-82 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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