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Debussy – Piano Music, Volume 5

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1405
Release date2011-05-30
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

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On the strength of the highly praised earlier volumes in this cycle, Noriko Ogawa has been described as ‘a Debussy interpreter of exceptional class’ (International Record Review) while her interpretations of the composer’s sets of Images and of Études have been singled out as belonging to the finest in the discography in magazines such as BBC Music Magazine and Classica-Répertoire. Her cycle has also been commended for its completeness, including rarities such as the piano reduction of La Boîte à joujoux and the version for one piano of Six Épigraphes antiques. On this the fifth and final disc, Noriko Ogawa again offers us scintillating performances of works both well-known and less often heard. The two Arabesques were among Debussy’s most popular works already during his lifetime, with hundreds of thousand of copies sold before his death. Another ‘hit’ was Rêverie, which Debussy himself wanted to suppress, but which at one stage even ended up as No. 1 on the US Billboard chart, in a swing arrangement. Less familiar are some of the youthful works, for instance Danse bohémienne, Debussy’s first piano piece composed at the age of 18. But the two main works on the disc are indisputably the suites Pour le Piano and Suite Bergamasque, which Debussy completed in his maturity, during the first years of the 20th century. Suite Bergamasque takes as its point of departure the commedia dell’arte tradition which so fascinated Debussy, but it is also a token – alongside Pour le Piano – of his great love and respect for the masters of the Baroque, both the French clavécinistes and J.S.Bach.
 
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  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  1ère Arabesque, L74/1
01 1ère Arabesque, L74/1 05:00 $ 0.79 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  2ème Arabesque, L74/2
02 2ème Arabesque, L74/2 03:56 $ 0.62 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Danse (Tarentelle styrienne), L77
03 Danse (Tarentelle styrienne), L77 05:09 $ 0.81 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Ballade (slave) pour le piano, L78
04 Ballade (slave) pour le piano, L78 07:26 $ 1.17 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Valse romantique, L79
05 Valse romantique, L79 03:22 $ 0.53 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Rêverie, L76
06 Rêverie, L76 05:02 $ 0.79 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Suite Bergamasque, L82 17:48
07 I. Prélude. Moderato (tempo rubato) 03:47 $ 0.60 USD
08 II. Menuet. Andantino 04:47 $ 0.75 USD
09 III. Clair de lune. Andante très expressif 05:04 $ 0.80 USD
10 IV. Passepied. Allegretto ma non troppo 04:10 $ 0.66 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Mazurka, L75
11 Mazurka, L75 02:55 $ 0.46 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Nocturne, L89
12 Nocturne, L89 06:21 $ 1.00 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Danse bohémienne, L4
13 Danse bohémienne, L4 02:08 $ 0.34 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Pour le Piano, L95 14:14
14 I. Prélude. Assez animé et très rythmé 04:12 $ 0.66 USD
15 II. Sarabande. Avec une élégance grave et lente 05:56 $ 0.93 USD
16 III. Toccata. Vif 04:06 $ 0.65 USD
 
  Album total 01:13:21
ComposerDebussy, Claude
PianoOgawa, Noriko

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