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Debussy, Ravel: 2 Piano Works / Collard, Beroff


Release Date: 04/07/2011 
Label:  Emi Studio Catalog #: 63156   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Philippe CollardMichel Béroff
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...The playing is never less than refined, transparent, and fastidious. The sustaining pedal is used sparingly, even in such an early Debussy work as Petite suite. Inner voices come through with rare quality... In 1994, Collard and Bèroff returned to the studios for Rapsodie espagnole, Jeux d’enfants, L’apprenti sorcier, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, and the two Nocturnes. Tempos remain faster for some selections than in many competing versions, but a slight degree of rubato is present in pieces such as “Petit mari, petite femme!” from Jeux d’enfants. Phrase contours are less linear, more supple, to good effect in L’Apprenti sorcier; and Rapsodie espagnole receives one of its best performances on disc... Read more [S]hould you want a duo-piano version of Rapsodie espagnole, this one can’t be bettered.

-- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE [11/2005]
reviewing these performances previously reissued as EMI 86510

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A nimble-fingered anti-whimsical approach makes for a muscular La valse and carefully-nuanced ‘Nuages’ (from Debussy’s Nocturnes).

-- Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Epigraphes antiques (6) by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano), Michel Béroff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 1981 
2.
En blanc et noir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michel Béroff (Piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Date of Recording: 1981 
3.
Petite suite for Piano 4 hands by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michel Béroff (Piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
Date of Recording: 1981 
4.
Lindaraja by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michel Béroff (Piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Date of Recording: 1981 
5.
Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michel Béroff (Piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 1981 
6.
Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Michel Béroff (Piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1981 
7.
Sites auriculaires by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano), Michel Béroff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1897; France 
Date of Recording: 1981 
8.
Frontispice for 2 Pianos 5 hands by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano), Michel Béroff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
Date of Recording: 1981 

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