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Debussy: Etudes For Piano, En Blanc & Noir / Jacobs, Kalish


Release Date: 05/28/1992 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79161   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paul JacobsGilbert Kalish
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composed in 1915, Claude Debussy’s piano etudes represent some of the composer's most adventurous and unconventional writing. Paul Jacobs’s recordings of these pieces garnered international renown upon their initial release; Gramophone declared they “should be heard by everyone.” This digital reissue also features En Blanc et Noir, a piece, from the same year, for two pianos, performed by Jacobs and Gilbert Kalish. Composed in 1915, Claude Debussy’s piano etudes represent some of the composer's most adventurous and unconventional writing. Paul Jacobs’s recordings of these pieces garnered international renown upon their initial release; Gramophone declared they “should be heard by everyone.” This digital reissue also features En Blanc et Noir, a piece, from the same year, for two pianos, performed by Jacobs and Gilbert Kalish. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paul Jacobs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Notes:  FRANCE 
2. En blanc et noir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Gilbert Kalish (Piano), Paul Jacobs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Notes:  FRANCE 
3. Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paul Jacobs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Revelatory November 22, 2013 By R. M. (Madrid, Madrid) See All My Reviews "I have always been an admirer of Claude Debussy's music, but for some reason I had trouble 'getting' the piano Etudes, which I found somewhat arid. And then I heard Paul Jacobs recording.... This much lamented pianist manages to combine two apparently irreconcilable approaches to Debussy's piano writing: the 'hazy' school (e.g. Giesiking) and the 'anaytical and crisp' (Pollini?)... and the results are just breathtaking. The music loses none of its harmonic riches, but simultaneoulsy flows in a very natural way, and is full of color. A particular favorite of mine is the second Etude, 'pour les tierces'... The sound of the (live, open-air) recording of 'En Blanc et noir' slightly detracts from the overall enjoyment of the piece, but it is a nice document of what msut have been a great concert by Jacobs and fellow panist Kalish. Highly, highly recommended!" Report Abuse
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