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Chopin: Debussy

Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: Debussy

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Chopin * Debussy

'...les sons et les parfums'

Chopin Ballade No 4, Op 52. Barcarolle, Op 60. Berceuse, Op 57. Etude, 'Aeolian Harp', Op 25 No 1. Nocturne No 5, Op 15 No 2. Prelude, Op 28 No 1. Waltz No 3, 'Grande Valse brillante', Op 34 No 2 Debussy Etudes--No 11, Pour les arpeges composes. L'isle joyeuse. La plus que lente. Preludes: Book 1--No 1, Danseuses de Delphes; No 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans fair du soir; Book 2--No 7, La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune. Suite Bergamasque--Clair de lune

Javier Perianes pf

Harmonia Mundi [F] [2] (CD + [DVD-d]) HMC90 2164 (71' * DDD). DVD includes 'Deux chercheurs d'absolu', a film by Josep Molina

One could quite easily listen to this beautifully recorded disc simply as one which alternates short works by Chopin with short works by Debussy. It's a novel idea which, though unique in my experience, is an entirely apt and, indeed, obvious pairing. 'I loved Chopin almost from the moment I began to love music,' Debussy told the critic Rene Doire in 1910, 'and I have continued to do so.' Debussy's earliest piano teacher, Madame Maute de Fleurville, claimed to have had lessons from Chopin himself, though there is no reliable evidence to support this. 'The important thing was,' as booklet-writer Yvan Nommick observes, 'that Debussy believed it, and that this certitude impregnated his musical sensibility at a very early age.'

But this recital goes further. …

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