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Debussy: Complete Piano Works (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet) (Chandos: CHAN 10743(5)) Box set, Collector's Edition


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An exclusive recording artist for Chandos, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet received a Gramophone Award in 2011 for his recording of works by Debussy and Ravel (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Yan Pascal Tortelier) and his recording of the Bartók Concerti (with Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic) was shortlisted in the concerto category. He has won multiple awards for his recording of ... Read more in Amazon's Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Store

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  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Claude Debussy
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00925T9LK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Préludes, Books 1 and 2
2. Les soirs illuminés par lardeur du charbon
Disc: 2
1. Ballade slave
2. Valse romantique
3. Danse (Tarentelle styrienne)
4. Images (oubliées)
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Nocturne
2. Suite bergamasque
3. Danse bohémienne
4. Deux Arabesques
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Images, Series 1 and 2
2. Études, Books 1 and 2
Disc: 5
1. Khamma
2. Jeux
3. La Boîte à joujoux

Product Description

Jean-Efflam Bavouzets vivid and personal interpretations of Debussys complete works for piano are available for the first time in an attractive five-volume box set, selling for the price of three CDs. This is the series that put Bavouzet on the map, and established him firmly as a leading and internationally acclaimed pianist.

Disc 1 offers Debussys two books of Préludes, complemented by the only recently rediscovered and rarely recorded late prelude entitled Les soirs illuminés par lardeur du charbon. Gramophone wrote of this disc: 'Bavouzet commands all the shading, nuance and timbral sensitivity one expects in Debussy, together with virtuoso flair and characterful spontaneity.'

The second disc reveals a more reflective, private period in Debussys compositional career. In the dedication of the three Images, Debussy wrote: These pieces would feel extremely nervous entering the brilliantly lit salons regularly patronised by people who don't like music. They are rather conversations between the Piano and Oneself. LA Times wrote: 'In what may turn out to be the greatest complete recorded survey of the composers piano music yet, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays with such bracing clarity that hearing the early Romantic pieces, one feels like jumping into an icy pond after an hour in the sauna.'

On Disc 3, the music moves to a more playful strand in Debussys output, with generally shorter pieces of the salon genre, including the two famous collections Children's Corner and Suite bergamasque. Of Disc 4, which won a Gramophone Award in 2009, the magazine Pianist wrote: "Trust me, both the Images and Études easily conquer any other modern recording."

The fifth and concluding disc brings together the ballets Khamma, Jeux and La Boîte à joujoux, all far better known in their orchestral guise, but here performed in Debussys initial versions for solo piano. This disc was an Editors Choice in the magazines Gramophone and Classic FM and nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2010, in the instrumental category.

Chandos Apology
A number of you received faulty copies of 'Debussy: Complete Piano Works' recently. We apologise unreservedly for the disappointment, frustration and inconvenience this issue has caused. You deserved a lot better from us. We've identified the source of this fault and fixed it. We're also conducting a full review to ensure this doesn't happen again.

We're really sorry. Winnie, Chandos

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
This set of complete Debussy piano music by Bavouzet has received, without exception, universal approval and unstinting admiration. Several of the discs have received individual awards. To give a general idea of what to expect and to save time searching for individual reviews, a selection of the earlier individual disc reviews has been copied below:

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Volume 1 - Preludes
There have been almost countless fine versions of these fascinating and rewarding pieces and every generation has its own recorded reference. Gieseking brought his own approach which was very different to the far cooler Michelangeli on his half set. A much more driven approach came with the award winning Zimerman balanced by the cooler Thibaudet and an analytical and slightly emotionally distanced Osborne. There have also been fine recordings by Roge and more recently, Aimard. And all of these recording especially have been much admired in their different ways.

Bavouzet's Debussy has achieved an award winning status too. He is warmer than Michelangeli and Thibaudet, less driven than Zimerman, warmer than Osborne and more accurate than Gieseking. He has taken away 'interpretation' from his interpretations and instead has produced probably the most accurate and faithful playing of the printed notes yet achieved. As a result what we hear is as close to what Debussy could hear in his imagination at the time of writing it down as is likely. This is far from a cold reproduction of printed notes and on the contrary it is very engaging on an emotional level without ever bringing his own personality into the equation.

I would therefore suggest that this disc of the Preludes should be seriously considered by anyone making an 'only' purchase.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By wavy davey on 20 Nov 2012
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purchased 2 copies of this set, one for myself and one as a Christmas present. Can't fault the packaging or the contents. But I must add Mr. Bavouzet's rendition of Debussy is simply wonderful.... Full marks to Chandos and Mr Bavouzet.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JEAN McCOLL on 24 Oct 2013
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loved the cds so much -- so glad I took up the suggestions ---------I play them all the time -- heaven
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss KF Preedy on 15 May 2014
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I bought thIs for my mother and or hadn't disappointed. Volume 3 is particularly interesting. The interpretations aren't radical bit they are beautiful.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DavidSvane on 8 Jan 2013
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This collection is brilliant! Played nicely by Jean. I love classical music, and especially Debussy, and I was somewhat worried about Jeans interpretation, but he's is doing a great job. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes Debussy :)
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