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Debussy Plays Debussy, Ravel Plays Ravel

Debussy / Ravel
Release Date: 03/05/2013 
Label:  Melodiya   Catalog #: 1002063   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice RavelClaude Debussy
Performer:  Maurice RavelClaude Debussy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These unique phonographic documents date back to the 1910s and 1920s, when music recording was at its dawn. Among the first pianists to put their own interpretations on record were composers like Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Debussy, and Ravel. Of these, Debussy & Ravel’s recordings are especially significant since their musical style was built on higher attention to detail and the slightest shades of dynamics and rhythm. The composers’ own interpretations are an unquestionable model of how these pieces should sound, for both listener and professional musician.

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“Although doubts are immediately raised by the cover picture of a Debussy remarkably unlike himself, this disc seems to offer
Read more a strong dose of authenticity...They both incline, as composers on record often do, to the brisk and businesslike. Hardly definitive — if fascinating, exhilarating — performances, they sometimes amaze by their sheer congestion.” – The Sunday Times Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatine for Piano by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Maurice Ravel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 1905 
2.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Maurice Ravel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 1911 
3.
Préludes, Book 1: no 3, Le vent dans la plaine by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claude Debussy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Date of Recording: 1909 
4.
Préludes, Book 1: no 12, Minstrels by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claude Debussy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 1910 
5.
Estampes (3) for Piano: no 2, La soirée dans Grenade by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claude Debussy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 1903 
6.
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claude Debussy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 1910 
7.
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claude Debussy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 1908 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Historic performances revealed June 22, 2014 By Dale Alan Zurbrick (Brooklyn, NY) See All My Reviews "The delight of receiving this collection of "performances" by these two composers from the turn of and early twentieth century, I was appalled to see the art work on the "cover". The Ravel photo is well known. The Zdebussy Photo is NOT Debussy. What a bust!" Report Abuse
 Enchanting music out of the past. June 20, 2014 By Alan Beadle (Bowie, MD) See All My Reviews "I had no idea that sound this clear and lifelike could come out of a past so distant. I was waiting for those famous composers/performers to appear on stage, breathing and ready to play an encore. This disc is very valuable to have for its musical quality and authenticity." Report Abuse
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