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Debussy: Preludes Vol 1, Images / Michelangeli


Release Date: 03/08/2005 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 4775345   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A critic once wrote of a pianist: ‘His restraint and discretion make one forget all considerations of technical dexterity. Thus the naked soul of the work is placed before the audience; its action is direct; the interpreter is lost sight of.’ The pianist was Debussy; but how easily could the same be said of Michelangeli. Only in a slightly mannered rendering of ‘La fille aux chevaux de lin’ is one aware of being subjected to an interpretation: all else is a deceptive effortlessness and the spectacle of a gift dedicated not to exposing itself but to the service of the music.

-- BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the Preludes Bk 1 and Images, previously reissued as part of DG 449438
A critic once wrote of a pianist: ‘His restraint and discretion make one forget all considerations of technical dexterity. Thus the naked soul of the work is placed before the audience; its action is direct; the interpreter is lost sight of.’ The pianist was Debussy; but how easily could the same be said of Michelangeli. Only in a slightly mannered rendering of ‘La fille aux chevaux de lin’ is one aware of being subjected to an interpretation: all else is a deceptive effortlessness and the spectacle of a gift dedicated not to exposing itself but to the service of the music.

-- BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the Preludes Bk 1 and Images, previously reissued as part of DG 449438
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Works on This Recording

1. Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
2. Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
3. Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; 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, L.117: 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, L.110: 1. Reflets dans l'eau
Images - Book 1: 2. Hommage à Rameau
Images - Book 1: 3. Mouvement
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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