Debussy: Piano Music Volume 2


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Debussy: Piano Music Volume 2


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2003



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Debussy: Piano Music Volume 2


Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

D'un cahier d'esquisses

Pièce pour piano (Morceau de concours)

Hommage à Haydn

Le petit nègre

Children's Corner

La plus que lente

Noriko Ogawa (piano)



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Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 1

I. Danseuses de Delphes: Lent et grave

II. Voiles: Modere

III. Le vent dans la plaine: Anime

IV. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir: Modere

V. Les collines d'Anacapri: Tres modere

VI. Des pas sur la neige: Triste et lent

VII. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest: Anime et tumultueux

VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin: Tres calme et doucement expressif

IX. La serenade interrompue: Moderement anime

X. La cathedrale engloutie: Profondement calme

XI. La danse de Puck: Capricieux et leger

XII. Minstrels: Modere

Claude Debussy: D'un cahier d'esquisses

D'un cahier d'esquisses

Claude Debussy: Morceau de concours

Piece pour piano, "Morceau de concours"

Claude Debussy: Hommage a Haydn

Hommage a Joseph Haydn

Claude Debussy: The Little Nigar

Le petit negre

Claude Debussy: Children's Corner

I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

II. Jimbo's Lullaby

III. Serenade of the Doll

IV. The Snow is Dancing

V. The Little Shepherd

VI. Golliwogg's Cake Walk

Claude Debussy: La plus que lente

La plus que lente

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Every bar of these performances confirms Ogawa as a most elegant, scrupulously sensitive interpreter of 'music like a dream from which one draws away the veil' (Debussy). She achieves a magical transparency throughout Book 1 of the Préludes with her refined pedalling and cool command of texture and colour. In 'Voiles' she makes you readily recall Cortot's heady description of 'the flight of the white wing on the crooning sea toward the horizon bright with the setting sun' while maintaining her own individuality. Her hushed start before the start of the whirling tarantella in 'Les collines d'Anacapri' is one of many haunting touches; and her playing of 'Des pas sur la neige', the Arctic centre of Book 1 of the Préludes, suggests some ultimate desolation. In Children's Corner she never turns 'Doctor Gradus', marked modérémentanimé, into a glittering presto and finds time to convey its mix of guile and sophistication. You could hardly find a more skilful or sympathetic artist from a younger generation. BIS's demonstration sound quality crowns this superb issue.”

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