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Debussy, C.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 3 - Suite Bergamasque / Children's Corner
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Debussy, C.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 3 - Suite Bergamasque / Children's Corner

1 Jan. 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Chandos
  • Total Length: 1:11:46
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  • ASIN: B003K2K66S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,228 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Cameron on 22 May 2011
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Primarily a fan of rock and pop, so I write this as a classical novice. Debussy is one of my favourites, and with the help of the Presto website, and recommendations, I was guided to try Bavouzet's versions of some of his best known piano pieces.

What I particularly like is that it includes some of his most melodic and familiar works (Clair De Lune, Arabesque No. 1) but also some of his less accessible later works.

I've heard versions by Thibaudet, Roge and Fergus Thompson and I own part of the collection by Hakon Austbo, but Bavouzet's appeals most. If his tempo seems on occasion a little slower than I might have liked, his phrasing is, to my ear, near perfect, and more than adequate compensation. Gramophone Classical said, "he turns conventional notions of 'impressionism' topsy-turvy, cleansing Debussy of years of dust and accretion." Well, I can't comment on that, since I've not been listening to him for years, but his playing has personality and shape, and the recording is, even on a modest hi-fi system, very transparent. Frankly, I'm surprised that this CD hasn't been reviewed til now, though perhaps the price is a little off-putting. (OK, I'll confess, I didn't buy from Amazon, it's a little cheaper elsewhere!)

One small note for CD rippers: if you copy the disc to PC and expect Windows Media Player or MP3 Tag to supply the right tag info, think again. I had to go via Gracenote to get the right track listing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. C. Compton on 8 Sept. 2013
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In my view, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is the best modern interpreter of the French piano repertoire. Gorgeous performances recorded in opulent Chandos sound - I shall be collecting the whole series.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Debussy Disc That Enters the Top Echelon 2 Jun. 2008
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is a French pianist known to me only from a previous disc of Bartók violin/piano pieces, in which he more than ably partnered the gifted French violinist Laurent Korcia Bartók: Works for Violin. Admittedly I was paying more attention to the violinist on that recording -- it also contains a magnificent rendering of Bartók's solo violin sonata -- but I was aware that Bavouzet was good. Still, I was not prepared for how good he would be in Debussy. This disc is the third in what I imagine will be a series with Bavouzet playing all of Debussy's solo piano works; I have not heard the earlier discs in the series, but will undoubtedly now be getting them on the basis of the wonderful playing on this CD. Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 1, Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 2

This disc contains some of Debussy's earliest works, including his very first published piano piece, the 'Danse bohémienne', written when he was eighteen (and presented to Madame von Meck for whom he was functioning as 'house pianist'). Also included are the two Arabesques which, for all their familiarity, are really little more than salon pieces; Bavouzet does all one can for them, and manages to moderate their cloying sweetness. One notices in these (and the other) performances that Bavouzet tends to play Debussy with more spine than some use. This is not say that he ignores the ineffable poetry of Debussy's music, but he also brings out harmonic motion and structural details in an almost Brahmsian way. I like his way with this music enormously and the performances here rank, for me, with those of Gieseking, Zimerman and Michelangeli.

Among the very familiar (and much-recorded) Debussy pieces here are the Suite Bergamasque (which, of course, includes 'Claire de lune'), Children's Corner and 'Le plus que lente.' 'Claire de lune', although played poetically, is not dragged down by a too-slow tempo, in keeping with the work's 'andante' marking. Full marks for that! 'Children's Corner' is played as well as I've ever heard it, with sauciness ('Golliwog's Cakewalk', 'Dr Gradus ad Parnassum') and tenderness ('The Little Shepherd', 'Jumbo's Lullaby') and grace ('The Snow is Dancing'). 'Le plus que lente', written for a magazine in company with pieces by Ravel, Dukas, d'Indy, Widor and Hahn, is too rarely played. It is a waltz that rises to several climaxes without ever abandoning its perfumed air. Bavouzet expertly manages the tricky transitions between the work's various sections, making it seem all of a piece, something other pianists seem to have some difficulty with. The other pieces, mostly short, mostly minor, include Nocturne (1892), Rêverie (1890), Mazurka (1890), Hommage à Haydn (1909), Morceau de Concours (1904), The little Nigar (1909), Page d'Album (1915), Berceuse héroïque (1914) and Élégie (1915). All are played beautifully by Bavouzet. The recorded sound, by the way, is exemplary.

There is no question that Bavouzet is a pianist to watch. I notice that he has recorded the complete piano works of Ravel; I shall have to put that on my wish list. Ravel: Complete Piano Works

Strongly recommended.

Scott Morrison
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Part of the definitive series of Debussy piano music for the current generation 5 Dec. 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is volume 3 of the award winning series of the complete Debussy piano works recorded by Bavouzet to general acclaim. This particular disc was recorded in 2008 and features a great number of he smaller works, in effect piano miniatures.

The opening Nocturne plus the two Arabesques and the little Nigar are examples of those small but perfectly formed delights included here. In addition there is the Suite Bergamasque and Children's Corner Suites as examples of larger collections.

Every single item here, without exception, will compare very favourably with the very best of the available alternative performances on disc. By making this observation I am simply falling in line with the general opinion. It is rare for a new recording entering such an over-subscribed area of the recorded heritage to sweep the board in the way that this series has done. This very unusual occurrence has been rounded off with a recording of exceptional fidelity that even Chandos, with their well established reputation for recording quality, must be especially proud of.

This disc from a wonderful series of near reference standard is no better nor no worse than any other in the series. There is only one thing a purchaser can do to improve on by purchasing this disc and that is to buy the whole series in the boxed edition.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
New appreciation for Debussy 7 April 2013
By neil berkowitz - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been listening, playing and enjoying classical music for decades, but never was able to enjoy Debussy.

A friend lent me his copy of this CD, and now after buying my own copy, I listen to it constantly with much enjoyment.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kane's Debussy Review 13 Feb. 2012
By John P. Kane - Published on Amazon.com
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After listening to the complete piano works of Claude Debussy by Jean-Efflam Bavouzat, it was a pleasure to hear a new interpertation of this wonderful composer. Mr. Bavouzat is indeed the new "expert" on Debussy.
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