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DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

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DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

Claude Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliées; Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande (2017)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Robin Ticciati, conductor; Magdalena Kožená

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Orchestral, Vocal | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 550 | Time: 01:08:33

This marks the first release with Robin Ticciati leading the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and it makes the requisite splash. There's a world premiere: even if you're not on board with the trend of enlarging the repertory through arrangements of works that are perfectly good in their original form, you will likely be seduced by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená's ravishing reading of Debussy's voice-and-piano Ariettes oubliées, inventively arranged by Brett Dean. There's a little-known work: the opening one, Fauré's Prelude to Pénélope (a sparsely performed opera, with a slightly less sparsely performed prelude) is a lush and beautifully controlled arc. Controlled and detailed are two words that come to mind for Ticciati's interpretation of La mer, the warhorse work on the program; it may seem a bit deliberate, but there are many hues in his performance. The two Debussy works are balanced by two of Fauré's: the fourth work is the suite from Fauré's incidental music to Pélleas et Mélisande (in Charles Koechlin's version), also deliberate and lush. Linn recorded the performance in Berlin's Jesus Christus Kirche, which allows the full spectrum of orchestral colors to come through. Worth the money for Kozená fans for her turn alone, and a fine French program for all.

VA - Ocean Of Sound: A Collection Of Music To Accompany David Toop's Book (1996) 2 CDs

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VA - Ocean Of Sound: A Collection Of Music To Accompany David Toop's Book (1996) 2 CDs

VA - Ocean Of Sound: A Collection Of Music To Accompany David Toop's Book (1996) 2 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 664 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 343 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb | 02:28:56
Ambient, Experimental, Free Jazz, Rock, Classical | Virgin | # AMBT 10, 7243 8 41367 2 7

The audio companion to David Toop's excellent book advances the case he made, that Les Baxter, Aphex Twin, The Beach Boys, Herbie Hancock, King Tubby and My Bloody Valentine are all related by their effect on sound pioneering. A double-disc set, Ocean of Sound impresses not only with its incredible diversity of musical styles, but with how easily these artists work next to each other. The second disc includes consecutive contributions by Paul Schütze, the Velvet Undergound, Holger Czukay of Can, The Beach Boys, African Headcharge and Sun Ra. Besides illustrating Toop's point beautifully, the album is an excellent addition to the collection of any wide-ranging ambient fan.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Francois-Frederic Guy - Transcriptions for Two Pianists: Bartok, Debussy, Stravinsky (2015)

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Francois-Frederic Guy - Transcriptions for Two Pianists: Bartok, Debussy, Stravinsky (2015)

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, François-Frédéric Guy - Transcriptions for Two Pianists (2015)
Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 191 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10863 | Time: 01:04:10

Three 20th-century orchestral scores, Bartók’s Two Pictures, Debussy’s Jeux and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, all dating from 1910-13 and all linked (as the detailed CD booklet explains), are brought to life in the hands of two exceptional French pianists. The central interest is the ballet Jeux. One of the world’s outstanding Debussy interpreters, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has added to his complete Chandos recordings with his own transcription for two pianos. Written late in Debussy’s life for Nijinsky, Jeux involves an emotionally erotic and harmonically daring game of tennis. Bavouzet and his well-matched partner, François-Fréderic Guy, play with nimble grace, capturing the works wit and mystery. This gripping album is dedicated to Pierre Boulez, guru and enabler, for his 90th birthday.

Friedrich Gulda - Genie und Rebell (Genius and Rebel) (2010) 10 CD Box Set

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Friedrich Gulda - Genie und Rebell (Genius and Rebel) (2010) 10 CD Box Set

Friedrich Gulda - Genie und Rebell (Genius and Rebel) (2010) 10 CD Box Set
Mozart - Beethoven - Weber - Chopin - Debussy - Ravel - R. Strauss

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.59 Gb | Scans included | Time: 08:54:21
Genre: Classical | Label: Membran | # 233021

This compilation features recordings made between 1950 and 1959 and proves the outstanding pianist to be an equally brilliant and exciting performer of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Strauss. In addition the compilation boasts highlights from the legendary 1956 Birdland sessions.

Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs

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Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs

Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs
Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber, Elizabeth Maconchy
Camille Saint-Saëns, Joseph Szulc, Federico Mompou, Jules Massenet, Henri Duparc
Claude Debussy, Ernest Chausson, Reynaldo Hahn, Gabriel Fauré

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Signum | # SIGCD443 | Time: 01:20:42

Described by The Telegraph as "the crème de la crème of young British-based musical talent", and praised in BBC Music Magazine for their "irresistible combination of arresting programing and vocal flair assembled around pianist Joseph Middleton", the newly formed Myrthen Ensemble brings together rising stars in the world of art-song and Lieder. This disc features performances by founder members Mary Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton, Marcus Farnsworth and Joseph Middleton. Joseph Middleton writes to introduce the recording: "The moon has, since antiquity, inspired artists, musicians and wordsmiths. The programme on this disc looks to its many characteristics for inspiration. The songs are at turns consoling, sometimes seductive in serenades and occasionally paint the moon as a threatening force through its extinguishing of the sun's rays. The moon’s silver beams cast their magic in music by Brahms and Schumann in the first of these CDs, and in the second, inspire the exquisite treatment of 'Clair de lune' by a selection of the finest French song composers. Short English nocturnal overtures begin each disc".

Garrick Ohlsson - Etudes: Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev (2015)

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Garrick Ohlsson - Etudes: Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev (2015)

Garrick Ohlsson - Études: Debussy, Bartók, Prokofiev (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 176 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68080 | Time: 01:06:36

Études are primarily intended as exercises to train musicians in specific techniques, but since the Romantic era they have become associated with other miniature forms, such as the prelude and the intermezzo, and frequently regarded as evocative character pieces or tonal pictures. Garrick Ohlsson's album of piano études by Claude Debussy, Sergey Prokofiev, and Béla Bartók offers a brief survey of the genre in modern practice, and demonstrates the blending of pedagogy and poetry in these works. Ohlsson has become internationally known as an exquisite interpreter of the music of Frédéric Chopin, and much of the subtlety and atmosphere found in his previous recordings is present here. Ohlsson's finesse and humor are perhaps most evident in Debussy's Études, L. 143, which have a lighter character than Prokofiev's Études, Op. 2, which tend toward the sardonic side, and Bartók's Études, Op. 18, which are intensely virtuosic and mysterious. Hyperion's recording captures the nuances of Ohlsson's playing, and the piano is close enough to hear every detail, while the acoustics lend it a pleasant natural aura.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Claude Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Volumes 1-5 (2007-2009) 5CD

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Claude Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Volumes 1-5 (2007-2009) 5CD

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Claude Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Volumes 1-5 (5CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 947 Mb | Artwork Included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Time: 05:58:58

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s vivid and personal interpretations of Debussy’s complete works for piano are available for the first time in an attractive five-volume set, this is the series that put Bavouzet on the map, and established him firmly as a leading and internationally acclaimed pianist.

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009)

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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009)

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 1090 DH | Time: 01:06:01

With this disc, Vladimir Ashkenazy, celebrated for his readings of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, and his son, Vovka, take on music by Debussy and Ravel for two pianos, and the results, utterly unlike virtually anything Ashkenazy père has ever recorded before, make it a real winner. From the electric excitement of the opening En blanc et noir, through the hazy mysteries of Jeux, and the luminous colors of the Rapsodie espagnole, to the inexorable hysteria of La Valse, Ashkenazy père and fils turn in performances that match the music for poise, drive, and technical brilliance. Some might find their sonorities a bit hard-edged at points – should the opening of En blanc et noir and the close of La Valse really be hit so strongly? – but the results are so consistently thrilling that most listeners are likely to be swept away. Recorded in close but clear and vivid digital sound, this disc may not be for every Debussy and Ravel fan, but it should certainly appeal to fans of Ashkenazy.

Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist (2000)

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Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist (2000)

Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 134 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Pierian Recording Society | # PIR0001 | Time: 00:49:01

This Pierian CD, advertised in the May 2012 Naxos catalog as an “also available” disc, is the label’s first issue from 2000 featuring the complete recordings of Debussy as pianist. All of his records were made in two sessions, a series of four short 78-rpm sides with soprano Mary Garden (his first Mélisande) at the Paris G&T studio in 1904 and 14 Welte-Mignon piano rolls recorded on November 11, 1913. Both are famous groups of recordings, restored and reissued over the decades, but this release is the best I’ve ever heard them.

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

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Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set
with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
New Philharmonia Orchestra; Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
J.S. Bach, William Byrd, Jeremiah Clarke, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Henri Duparc
P.I. Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Edward Elgar
Cezar Franck, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.85 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 145-2 | Time: 06:14:01

This fabulous five disc set is replete with some of those old Stokowski warhorses all recorded in absolutely mind boggling Phase 4 sound, overblown perhaps but astounding for its time. Decca's remastering is absolutely magnificent and the discs are jam packed with almost six hours of music. This is another fine memorial to a great conductor who remained astonishingly vital until the very end of his life.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set
Debussy, Ravel, Boulez, Berg, Ives, Messiaen, Ligeti, Carter, Beethoven, Liszt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.2 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 973 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 66044-8 | Time: 07:03:59

Released between 1991 and 2005, the selections in The Warner Recordings encapsulate the period when Pierre-Laurent Aimard was signed to Erato and Teldec, performing mostly 20th-century fare and some music from the 19th century. Aimard is famous for his contributions to the modernist catalog, and his performances of works by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen are regarded as scrupulously executed and authoritatively interpreted. Aimard also recorded early 20th century pieces by Charles Ives, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy, as well as Romantic masterpieces of Beethoven and Liszt. A pianist's pianist, Aimard is well-rounded in his repertoire and a true master of keyboard technique, yet he has received considerably less fanfare than many of his flashier colleagues. Yet connoisseurs of piano recordings know that Aimard is indispensible, especially for his special feeling for French music, and his recordings are important documents that serious students and newcomers should appreciate.

Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set

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Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set

Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.54 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 965 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato/Warner Classics | # 2564 69967-2 | Time: 07:11:32

French pianist Monique Haas recorded the piano works of Debussy and Ravel twice, once in the late '50s and early '60s for Deutsche Grammophon and again in the late '60s and early '70s for Erato. The later recordings are released here in this six disc set from Warner Classics. As on the earlier set, Haas' performances are elegantly stylish, technically impeccable, consummately musical, and quintessentially French. Pick any piece by either composer at random, and you'll see. Try her bright but sensual Suite Bergamasque with its ravishing Clair de lune or her brilliant and visionary Études with their astounding concluding Pour les accords. Or try her recklessly virtuosic Gaspard de la nuit with its frightening Scarbo or her sweetly swaying Valses nobles et sentimentales with its heartrending Épilogue. There are only two meaningful differences between Haas' recordings: in the earlier performance, she is more passionate and impetuous while in the later performances she is more measured and thoughtful.

Takacs Quartet, Marc-Andre Hamelin - Cesar Franck: Piano Quintet; Claude Debussy: String Quartet (2016)

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Takacs Quartet, Marc-Andre Hamelin - Cesar Franck: Piano Quintet; Claude Debussy: String Quartet (2016)

César Franck - Piano Quintet; Claude Debussy - String Quartet (2016)
Takács String Quartet; Marc-André Hamelin, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Booklet included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68061 | Time: 01:02:23

Franck’s Piano Quintet and Debussy’s String Quartet make an apt and unusual coupling, each work its composer’s only, unsurpassable, contribution to the genre. Both receive authoritative performances from Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet.

The Golden Age of the Piano (1993)

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The Golden Age of the Piano (1993)

The Golden Age of the Piano (1993)
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC, 4:3 (720x480) VBR | 115 min | 7.51 Gb | Scans included
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 | Subs: Deutsch, Français, Español, Italiano, 中文
Genre: Classical, Documentary | Label: Philips | # 075 092-9 PH

A documentary on the great pianists of the twentieth century, introduced, written and narrated by David Dubal. Featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Clementi, Debussy, Field, Grainger, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Padarewski, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Scriabin and Weber. Featuring musicians Claudio Arrau, Alexander Brailowsky, Van Cliburn, Alfred Cortot, Glenn Gould, Percy Grainger, Myra Hess, Josef Hoffmann, Vladimir Horowitz, Wanda Landowska, Ignacy Paderewski, Artur Rubinstein, and Rudolf Serkin. Bonus: Claudio Arrau Centenary reissued of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Arcanto Quartett - Claude Debussy, Henri Dutilleux, Maurice Ravel: String Quartets (2010)

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Arcanto Quartett - Claude Debussy, Henri Dutilleux, Maurice Ravel: String Quartets (2010)

Arcanto Quartett - Claude Debussy, Henri Dutilleux, Maurice Ravel: Quatuors À Cordes (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 310 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Chamber | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902067 | Time: 01:11:17

In addition to the traditional pairing of the Debussy and Ravel string quartets, the Arcanto Quartett performs Henri Dutilleux's Ainsi la Nuit (1971-1976), a grouping that is becoming increasingly popular on recordings. These are absolutely secure, thoughtful, self-effacing readings of the Debussy and the Ravel. While the quartet doesn't bring particular new revelations to the pieces, the members play with nuanced sensitivity and impeccable musicianship. The haunted quiet they achieve in the first part of the third movement of the Debussy is especially impressive, as is the clarity of their sense of direction and unity in the final movement, the most difficult of the four to pull off. Similarly in the Ravel, the contrast between the serenity of the third movement and the raw athleticism of the fourth is attention-grabbing and invigorating.