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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.

Steven Osborne - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2006)

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Steven Osborne - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2006)

Steven Osborne - Claude Debussy: Préludes (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 191 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67530 | Time: 01:17:48

Steven Osborne has already made a name for himself in French music with a disc of Alkan and a profoundly moving performance of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards. Here he reaches between those two to tackle one of the pinnacles of the piano repertoire—Debussy’s two books of Préludes. These works have been central to Steven’s repertoire for many years and he brings them to the studio after many public performances and much reflection. He has worked from the most up-to-date Urtext edition which clarifies Debussy’s thought in many places, particularly with regard to tempo relationships within La cathédrale engloutie and a missing bar in Les tierces alternées. In a crowded field Osborne need fear no comparisons: the pianism is exquisite and the interpretations are of a rare depth and subtlety—a recording to rival the very best!

Mitsuko Uchida - Claude Debussy: 12 Etudes for Piano (1990) Reissue 2001

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Mitsuko Uchida - Claude Debussy: 12 Etudes for Piano (1990) Reissue 2001

Mitsuko Uchida - Claude Debussy: Douze Études pour le Piano (1990) Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 145 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 464 698-2 | Time: 00:47:12

Debussy's Études are really the only set that deserves to be put beside Chopin's. What makes them so special? Like his, they are truly "practice pieces," systematically exploring various aspects of keyboard technique. But at the same time, they are poetic works of art, full of fantasy, charm, and musical invention. Uchida's recording is almost universally regarded as the finest version of these works to appear in modern times. Her playing combines effortless virtuosity with pianistic precision, keeping the music's artistic and pedagogical tendencies in a state of exquisite tension. This disc also established Uchida's claim to be recognized as one of the most interesting and talented pianists now active. You need to hear it.

Emil Gilels - The Seattle Recital (2016)

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Emil Gilels - The Seattle Recital (2016)

Emil Gilels - The Seattle Recital (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 200 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 6288 GH | Time: 01:14:45

This release features a previously-unreleased recording of pianist Emil Gilels, captured live in an acclaimed 1964 Seattle recital. With the exception of a single work, this recital has never before been made available to the general public and is now being released for the first time. Released in time to celebrate the pianist’s 100th anniversary, the recital includes works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and more.

Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad PO - Russian Treasure Series: Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Scriabin (1993)

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Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad PO - Russian Treasure Series: Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Scriabin (1993)

Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra - Russian Treasure Series (1993)
works by Claude Debussy, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Maurice Ravel, Alexander Scriabin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Multisonic | # 31 0178-2 | Time: 01:08:41

Like so many Russian musicians, Mravinsky seemed first headed toward a career in the sciences. He studied biology at St. Petersburg University, but had to quit in 1920 after his father's death. To support himself, he signed on with the Imperial Ballet as a rehearsal pianist. In 1923, he finally enrolled in the Leningrad Conservatory, where he studied composition with Vladimir Shcherbachov and conducting with Alexander Gauk and Nikolai Malko. He graduated in 1931, and left his Imperial Ballet job to become a musical assistant and ballet conductor at the Bolshoi Opera from 1931 to 1937, with a stint at the Kirov from 1934. Mravinsky gave up these posts in 1938, after winning first prize in the All-Union Conductors' Competition in Moscow, to become principal conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic. He remained there until his death, long ignoring many guest-conducting offers from abroad.

Xavier de Maistre, Diana Damrau - Nuit d'Etoiles: Harp Music by Claude Debussy (2008) [Re-Up]

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Xavier de Maistre, Diana Damrau - Nuit d'Etoiles: Harp Music by Claude Debussy (2008) [Re-Up]

Xavier de Maistre, Diana Damrau - Nuit d'Etoiles: Harp Music by Claude Debussy (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 204 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | # 88697222492 | Time: 01:13:18

In many ways, Debussy’s piano music finds its rightful home on the harp. Apart from the distinctive textural and colouristic elements in the writing itself, we have contemporary accounts of Debussy’s piano-playing that refer to his ability to make you forget a piano even had hammers. Of course, this doesn’t allow for dreamy, “impressionistic” interpretations; rather, it makes clarity and precision absolute imperatives – which qualities we find in abundance in this recital by Xavier de Maistre and friends.