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Debussy - Piano Music Volume 4

Catalogue numberBIS-1655 CD
Release date2008-02-25
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time81:42

International Record Review: outstanding.

'Captivating playing' of 'exceeding beauty and refinement' have earned the previous volumes of Noriko Ogawa's Debussy cycle the highest recommendations, including no less than two 'Editor's Choice' in Gramophone. On the fourth album Ogawa combines the composer's last masterpieces for the piano with some rarely heard works. The Twelve Etudes form part of Debussy's final, glorious spurt of creativity. Serious health problems and the outbreak of war in 1914 had caused the composer to fall silent for almost a year, when the task of editing Chopin's piano music inspired him to a set of concert études in the tradition of the Polish master. Dispensing with the catchiness of appealing titles and extra-musical associations, Debussy regarded the Etudes as a return to music in its purest form. This well-filled disc also includes a rarely heard 13th étude, the ‘Étude retrouvée’ discovered only in 1977. Another late work is ‘Six Épigraphes antiques’. These short pieces originated as musical renderings of six poems from Pierre Louÿ’s collection Chansons de Bilitis, purportedly translations of ancient Greek texts by a Greek courtesan. Originally written for two pianos, the Épigraphes were later arranged for a single player by the composer himself. The remaining pieces on the disc come from opposite ends of Debussy’s career. ‘Intermède’ is the piano version of a movement from his Piano Trio No. 1 from 1880, while ‘Les Soirs illuminés’ from 1917 is Debussy’s last completed work, written as a token of gratitude to his coal merchant, a Monsieur Tronquin, for having provided the household with precious fuel during the wartime winters.
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  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Douze Études pour le piano, L 136 48:30
01 I. Pour les cinq doigts, d’après M. Czerny 03:22 $ 0.71 USD
02 II. Pour les tierces 04:24 $ 0.92 USD
03 III. Pour les quartes 05:28 $ 1.15 USD
04 IV. Pour les sixtes 04:52 $ 1.02 USD
05 V. Pour les octaves 02:48 $ 0.59 USD
06 VI. Pour les huit doigts 01:42 $ 0.36 USD
07 VII. Pour les degrés chromatiques 02:22 $ 0.50 USD
08 VIII. Pour les agréments 05:00 $ 1.05 USD
09 IX. Pour les notes répétées 03:16 $ 0.69 USD
10 X. Pour les sonorités opposées 04:58 $ 1.04 USD
11 XI. Pour les arpèges composés 04:48 $ 1.01 USD
12 XII. Pour les accords 05:30 $ 1.16 USD
13 Étude retrouvée 05:13 $ 1.10 USD
14 Intermède 04:05 $ 0.86 USD
  Six Épigraphes antiques, L 131 18:24
15 I. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d’été 02:44 $ 0.57 USD
16 II. Pour un tombeau sans nom 03:57 $ 0.83 USD
17 III. Pour que la nuit soit propice 02:52 $ 0.60 USD
18 IV. Pour la danseuse aux crotales 02:38 $ 0.55 USD
19 V. Pour l’Égyptienne 03:39 $ 0.77 USD
20 VI. Pour remercier la pluie au matin 02:34 $ 0.54 USD
21 Les Soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon, L 150 02:05 $ 0.44 USD
  Album total 81:42
ComposerDebussy, Claude
PianoOgawa, Noriko

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