Debussy: L'oeuvre pour Piano / Ferber

Release Date: 11/15/2011
Catalog Number: 5099908338020
Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber
Number of Discs: 4

Physical Format:

CD
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$27.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Albert Ferber (1911-1987) was a Swiss pianist based in London who recorded extensively during the 1950s and ’60s. Some piano collectors may be familiar with his output for the Saga label, including the three “name” Beethoven sonatas, Balakirev’s piano sonata, and music by Fauré, or perhaps the Schubert Impromptus he recorded for Hyperion in 1981. The present four-disc budget boxed set comprises the first integral CD reissue of Ferber’s 1953-56 Debussy cycle for the French Ducretet-Thomson label.

Sensitivity and breadth characterize most of Ferber’s interpretations, together with his warm sonority, nuanced touch, subtle dynamic gradations, and astute ear for textural variety. You may not get Gieseking’s shimmer and tonal magic, nor the virtuosic edge distinguishing Gulda’s contemporaneous Decca Debussy recordings, yet Ferber’s best playing is worth hearing. His multiple textural strands in the Images and sexily-tapered phrases throughout the more introspective Préludes and Études cast a convincing spell. At the same time, Ferber’s slightly sec articulation perfectly enlivens Pour le piano’s Toccata, Estampes’ Jardins sous la pluie, Suite bergamasque’s outer movements, and similarly animated selections such as Danse and L’Isle joyeuse.

It should be noted that Ferber’s Debussy survey is not quite complete; Danse bohémienne and Le petit negre are missing, for example. Still, all the important works are here, and the close-up, intimate microphone placement does alluring justice to Ferber’s artistry and what seems to be an unusually dulcet and well-regulated concert grand. Although loud passages sometimes distort with overmodulation, EMI’s transfers happily do not contain the moments of wow, flutter, and pitch instability present in my ancient, scratched-up LP pressing of the Children’s Corner Suite and Estampes. Jean-Charles Hoffelé’s thoughtful and extensive booklet notes are in French only.

– ClassicsToday (Jed Distler)
Works on This Recording
1. Valse romantique by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890 ; France
2. Suite for Piano "Pour le piano" by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1896-1901 ; France
3. Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1905 ; France
4. Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912-1913 ; France
5. Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909-1910 ; France
6. Nocturne for Piano in D flat major by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1892 ; France
7. Mazurka for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: circa 1890 ; France
8. Masques by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904 ; France
9. L'isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904 ; France
10. Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; France
11. Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; France
12. Hommage à Haydn by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909 ; France
13. Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
14. Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
15. Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; France
16. D'un cahier d'esquisses by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; France
17. Ballade slave by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1903 ; France
18. Arabesques (2) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1888-1891 ; France
19. Tarentelle styrienne "Danse" by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: circa 1890 ; France
20. Rêverie by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890 ; France
21. La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; France
22. Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1908 ; France
23. Berceuse heroïque by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914 ; France
24. Hommage à Haydn by Claude Debussy
Performer: Albert Ferber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909 ; France
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