Debussy, Claude - Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 4 - Bavouzet, Jean-Efflam (piano)

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"A momentum has been building throughout Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's superb Debussy exploration and there is a sense of culmination in this, the fourth volume. With one still to go, the mind boggles as to how he will top this. In fact, more of the same would be achievement enough. The fascinating thing about Bavouzet's Debussy is the way he upsets notions of how this composer should go, while still giving more than a nod to tradition. So here are the Images and 12 Etudes firm of hand, projected with a strength and sense of line that one might expect could dull the music's hazy brilliance. Yet there is never any danger of shifting sands congealed, as along with forward propulsion we get any number of miraculous, nearly hidden details. Imagination is never the slave of clarity, but clarity there is - the better to appreciate the richness of the prize. Few pianists can have done all of these things at once in this repertoire so adeptly, so naturally. For anyone looking for the must-have Debussy collection, Bavouzet is surely the leading contender. Volume 2 of this series was pipped to the post in this year's Gramophone Awards by Paul Lewis's Beethoven (which went on to claim the Record of the Year prize). It would be no surprise if, after this release, the Frenchman is in the running again."

"Bavouzet commands all the shading, nuance and timbral sensitivity one expects in Debussy, together with virtuoso flair and characterful spontaneity.' (Gramophone), "...there is a balance of clarity and lyricism that immediately distinguish the pianist's work." (International Piano) are just a couple of reviews from the previous three volumes of this highly praised recording project. This appraisal of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, an exclusive Chandos artist, affirms his position as one of the greatest Debussy interpreters.

'We have a lot to learn from Debussy,' writes Bavouzet. 'Through the sophisticated sounds he seeks to create and the simplicity of his textures by which he builds, in just a few phrases and harmonies, a whole world of poetry, but also through writing which always reveals a highly contrapuntal way of thinking, Debussy compels us to listen to his music in a very private, intense and nearly religious manner.'

Here Bavouzet completes his cycles with works at the extreme of his pianistic style; Études Books 1 & 2 and Images Books 1 & 2. Étude retrouvée completes the recording. The Images were the product of Debussy the art-lover and derive from his early reading Baudelaire. The Études, on the other hand, look inwards at the properties and possibilities of the musical substance itself. They contain some of Debussy's most demanding piano writing - five of the twelve were never recorded commercially until after 1950. But, despite their difficulty a playful spirit is very much in evidence.

This series is a deeply personal project for Bavouzet who has been involved in all aspects of the recording process.

Previous volumes:
CHAN 10421 Volume 1 (distinctions include La Monde de la Musique 'Record of the Year')
CHAN 10443 Volume 2 (distinctions include Gramophone 'Editor's Choice')
CHAN 10467 Volume 3

Artikelnummer CHAN10497
Streckkod 0095115149720
Utgivningsdatum 2008-10-27
Kategori Piano
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Bavouzet, Jean-Efflam (piano)
Kompositörer Debussy, Claude
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