Magazine article Gramophone

Debussy's Piano Images

Magazine article Gramophone

Debussy's Piano Images

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Three recordings that came before Hamelin's, and how Gramophone rated them

MARCH 1954

Debussy Images. Books 1 & 2

Walter Gieseking pf

Columbia [LP] 33CX1137

(12in * 36s 5 1/2d)

Walter Gieseking's Debussy performances are definitive, and this present disc is beautifully engineered. He captures to perfection the characteristics of each piece and his performance abounds in those delicacies of tone and inflexion to which one will turn again and again in pleasure and admiration. This varied music Gieseking renders with consummate art, and the engineers have captured to perfection his delicate colouring and shading. Andrew Porter

DECEMBER 1971

Debussy Images. Books 1 & 2

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli pf

DGG [L] 2530196 (2.35 [pounds sterling])

Looked at from all aspects this is a superb, a miraculous disc; no Debussy piano music has ever been more successfully recorded, not by Gieseking, not by anyone. Michelangeli's Debussy is at once strongly atmospheric and crystal clear. He treats nothing as mere 'texture', nothing as a peg on which to hang 'pianism', nothing as a mere pattern of notes to be thrown into the melting-pot of 'effect'. …

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