Angela Hewitt’s previous forays into the French repertoire have been praised for their "tenderness, Gallic wit, verve, and—the most important ingredient of all – charm." These qualities are very much to the fore in this new disc of Debussy featuring some of the composer’s most sunlit, delightful and popular works.
Children’s Corner was written for Debussy’s beloved daughter (though not, as Hewitt explains, for her to play immediately). Hewitt embraces the music’s wit, artful references and gentle beauty. The atmospheric
Suite bergamasque includes the famous "Clair de lune." Also included are the tragic
Masques and gorgeously exuberant
L’isle joyeuse. Hewitt and Debussy are aRead more perfect match.
R E V I E W S:
This is one of the better offerings for Debussy's 150th anniversary … It should come as no surprise that Hewitt is a remarkably fine Debussy pianist. This generously filled disc finds Hewitt utterly persuasive in the three suites at its heart … Hyperion captures the sound marvellously … Special mention should be made of 'Clair de lune': it is quite an achievement for its lyrical beauty to be heard afresh.
– BBC Music Magazine
"This is a Debussy recital that will delight aficionados of the piano as well as those coming to the music for the first time … The playing is most distinguished … The 'Passepied,' with its left-hand staccato phrases, is a perfect example of the Fazioli's velvety touch." – International Record Review
"An ideal introduction to Debussy … one that can be enjoyed equally by experienced listeners - thanks to the artless touch and precise colours the Canadian pianist brings to each piece." –Financial Times Read less
La plus que lenteby Claude Debussy Performer:
Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1910; France
Children's Cornerby Claude Debussy Performer:
Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1906-1908; France
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
It's like drinking a fresh brewed coffeeJanuary 6, 2013By Paul Hsieh (Orinda, CA)See All My Reviews"Hewitt's play takes time to bring out the aroma of Debussy's works, which are intended to be calming, and unpretending, never rushing. Hewitt caught that very spirit. Charming, of course, but should we say honestly charming?"Report Abuse