Debussy: Complete Piano Music

Debussy: Complete Piano Music
Composer Claude Debussy
Artist Gordon Fergus-Thompson piano
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 94415
EAN code 5028421944159
Release June 2012

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Featuring some of the most original and beautiful music ever written for the piano, this superb 5-CD release is dedicated to Debussy’s complete works for the instrument and is sure to provide hours of enjoyable listening. Claude Debussy, a fine pianist himself, created a unique piano oeuvre in which the colouristic and harmonic qualities of the piano were developed, resulting in unheard-of dynamics and sonorities (Debussy’s ideal was a piano without hammers).
The compilation details a few early gems, such as the enchanting Rêverie of 1890, but is particularly fascinating in its exploration of the composer’s later works, which reveal his development in style. From the 1903 Estampes, in which Debussy’s preference for static structures is first recorded, to the
Images of 1905–7 – highly innovative in their rhythmic, timbral and harmonic design – the release also features what many consider to be his crowning achievement in the Impressionist style: the notoriously difficult 12 Etudes.
With some of the Frenchman’s best-known works on display, such as the highly accessible Children’s Corner, this release is a musical feast. Gordon Fergus-Thompson’s interpretations are highly expressive, and it comes as no surprise to hear that the first issue of this release won him the prestigious MRA
‘Best Instrumental Recording of the Year’. A fantastic compilation, full of colour and evocative scene painting.

Other Information:
- Recorded in 1989.
- The first issue of this recording won the prestigious MRA ‘Instrumental Recording of the Year’ award.
- Newly written liner notes by Debussy specialist Emanuel Overbeeke

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Rêverie (1890)
  2. Suite bergamasque (1905): I. Prélude
  3. Suite bergamasque (1905): II. Menuet
  4. Suite bergamasque (1905): III. Clair de lune
  5. Suite bergamasque (1905): IV. Passepied
  6. Images oubliées (1894): Lent (mélancolique et doux)
  7. Images oubliées (1894): Très vite
  8. Images – Book I (1905): I. Reflets dans l’eau
  9. Images – Book I (1905): II. Hommage à Rameau
  10. Images – Book I (1905): III. Mouvement
  11. Images – Book II (1907): I. Cloches à travers les feuilles
  12. Images – Book II (1907): II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
  13. Images – Book II (1907): III. Poissons d’or

Disk 2

  1. Ballade slave (1890)
  2. Tarantelle styrienne (1890)
  3. Valse romantique (1890)
  4. Mazurka (1890)
  5. Nocturne (1892)
  6. Préludes – Book I (1910): I. Danseuses de Delphes
  7. Préludes – Book I (1910): II. Voiles
  8. Préludes – Book I (1910): III. Le vent dans la plaine
  9. Préludes – Book I (1910): IV. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir
  10. Préludes – Book I (1910): V. Les collines d’Anacapri
  11. Préludes – Book I (1910): VI. Des pas sur la neige
  12. Préludes – Book I (1910): VII. Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest
  13. Préludes – Book I (1910): VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin
  14. Préludes – Book I (1910): IX. La sérénade interrompue
  15. Préludes – Book I (1910): X. La cathédrale engloutie
  16. Préludes – Book I (1910): XI. La danse de Puck
  17. Préludes – Book I (1910): XII. Minstrels

Disk 3

  1. L’isle joyeuse (1904)
  2. D’un cahier d’esquisses (1903)
  3. Morceau de concours (1903/4)
  4. Masques (1904)
  5. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): I. Brouillards
  6. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): II. Feuilles mortes
  7. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): III. La puerta del vino
  8. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): IV. Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses
  9. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): V. Bruyères
  10. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): VI. Général Lavine, eccentric
  11. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): VII. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
  12. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): VIII. Ondine
  13. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): IX. Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. (PPMPC)
  14. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): X. Canope
  15. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): XI. Les tierces alternées
  16. Préludes – Book II (1912–13): XII. Feux d’artifice

Disk 4

  1. Hommage à Haydn (1909)
  2. Le petit nègre (1909)
  3. La plus que lente (1910)
  4. Berceuse héroïque (1914)
  5. Élégie (1915)
  6. Page d’album (1915)
  7. 12 Études (1915): I. Pour les cinq doigts d’après Monsieur Czerny
  8. 12 Études (1915): II. Pour les tierces
  9. 12 Études (1915): III. Pour les quartes
  10. 12 Études (1915): IV. Pour les sixtes
  11. 12 Études (1915): V. Pour les octaves
  12. 12 Études (1915): VI. Pour les huit doigts
  13. 12 Études (1915): VII. Pour les degrés chromatiques
  14. 12 Études (1915): VIII. Pour les agréments
  15. 12 Études (1915): IX. Pour les notes répétées
  16. 12 Études (1915): X. Pour les sonoritées opposées
  17. 12 Études (1915): XI. Pour les arpèges composés
  18. 12 Études (1915): XII. Pour les accords

Disk 5

  1. Pour le piano – Suite (1894–1901): I. Prélude
  2. Pour le piano – Suite (1894–1901): II. Sarabande
  3. Pour le piano – Suite (1894–1901): III. Toccata
  4. Children’s Corner – Suite (1906–8): I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
  5. Children’s Corner – Suite (1906–8): II. Jimbo’s Lullaby
  6. Children’s Corner – Suite (1906–8): III. Serenade for the Doll
  7. Children’s Corner – Suite (1906–8): IV. The Snow is Dancing
  8. Children’s Corner – Suite (1906–8): V. The Little Shepherd
  9. Children’s Corner – Suite (1906–8): VI. Golliwogg’s Cakewalk
  10. Estampes (1903): I. Pagodes
  11. Estampes (1903): II. La soirée dans Grenade
  12. Estampes (1903): III. Jardins sous la pluie
  13. Deux Arabesques (1888–91): No.1: Andante con moto
  14. Deux Arabesques (1888–91): No.2: Allegretto scherzando
  15. Danse bohémienne (1880)