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Claude Debussy: Ballade
Claude Debussy: Valse romantique
Claude Debussy: Danse, "Tarentelle styrienne"
Danse, "Tarantelle styrienne"
Claude Debussy: Images oubliees
I. Lent melancolique et doux
II. Dans le mouvement d'une Sarabande
III. Quelques aspects de nous n'irons plus au bois
Claude Debussy: Estampes
No. 1. Pagodes
No. 2. La soiree dans Grenade (Evening in Granada)
No. 3. Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the Rain)
Claude Debussy: Pour le piano
Claude Debussy: Masques
Claude Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse
Claude Debussy: D'un cahier d'esquisses
D'un cahier d'esquisses
“Bavouzet's strengths…to the fore, with glowing colours in the opening Ballade and Valse romantique, followed by sparkling elegance in the Danse.”
“While Bavouzet is no slouch in the tone-colour department, his interpretations do not primarily concern themselves with sound-painting. Instead he focuses upon clarity of textures, rhythmic precision, well differentiated articulation, plus scrupulous balances between the hands and within chords. Timbral variety and tonal allure arise from these elements working together. As you listen to Bavouzet's effortless rhythmic lilt and buoyant sense of line in the Tarantelle styrienne, Masques and 'Jardins sous la pluie', or his firm bass underpinnings and impeccably calibrated arabesques throughout L'isle joyeuse, you don't perceive the 'hammerless' piano of Debussy's dreams. Instead, the piano's innards morph into a finely honed chamber orchestra. Similarly in 'Pagodes', Bavouzet's sharply profiled melodies shed welcome animated light on a piece that's often interpreted too flaccidly. Some might favour a warmer, more curvaceous way with the Valse romantique but Bavouzet's shapelier urgency proves more convincing in Pour lepiano's central Sarabande, as well as its earlier incarnation in the cycle of 'forgotten' Images. The recorded sound is never less than pleasing.”
“No gently meandering Debussy for French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in his second complete works instalment. Structure and clarity are, if not all, then at least to the forefront here, and the composer gains. In a way, by making the textures so clear, Bavouzet reveals (to an extent) how the magician does his tricks – and it just leaves you admiring Debussy all the more.”
“If anything, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet surpasses the high standards he set in his previous Debussy release… with this second instalment. …he focuses upon clarity of textures, rhythmic precision, well differentiated articulation, plus scrupulous balances between the hands and within chords.”
“Debussy playing does not come any better than this”
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