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Debussy: Etudes For Piano / En Blanc Et Noir
 
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Debussy: Etudes For Piano / En Blanc Et Noir

Paul Jacobs/Gilbert Kalish
22 Nov. 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 22 Nov. 2005
  • Release Date: 22 Nov. 2005
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 1987 Nonesuch
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  • Total Length: 1:06:44
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  • ASIN: B001F0NKYW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,343 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Definitive "etudes" 6 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The late Paul Jacobs made the best recordings of Debussy including the Etudes and the Preludes. His rich, warm, dark sound and infinite sensitivity make this a beautiful album.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A revelation! 29 Mar. 2008
By N. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've loved these etudes for years, but all the performances I heard all sounded so alike, so....safe. I think people are to intimidated by the word "etude", they treat it as though they're being held hostage to a metronome.

Then I stumbled across this recording. Wow! I've never heard the 5th etude played with such insistance-dynamic tempo fluctuations, a beautiful tone from the piano.

Perhaps not the best cd for beginners, but for the initiated, invaluable.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
outstanding survey of Debussy's etudes 16 May 2010
By jsa - Published on Amazon.com
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Debussy's etudes, like Chopin's, to whom they were dedicated, are technical exercises. But, like Chopin's etudes, Debussy's are also wonderful music; and it takes an artist with great insight and executional skills to present a balanced picture of these challenging pieces. Paul Jacobs does a splendid job in this respect. Even though he appears to be a superb technician, he does not focus on display, and this makes his readings of the etudes immensely appealing. Pollini, whose steely brilliance is something to reckon with, delivers showers of sparks that have undeniable appeal whereas Jacobs seems more humane and musical. Uchida, whose etudes have been reference recordings for decades, sounds like a hyperactive sewing machine compared to Jacobs. While I couldn't say that Jacobs' playing is definitive in every etude (for example "Pour les arpeges composes" sounds flat-footed compared to Horowitz's incandescent reading: Romantic & Impressionist Era), his renderings are in general quite wonderful.

The only downfall here is the recorded sound which is rather dry and hard-edged, and the instrument Jacobs plays (a Baldwin or Bosendorfer?) may be partly to blame. If not for this, I would award five stars.

This disc is rounded out by a live performance of "En blanc et noir" where Jacobs is joined by Gilbert Kalish. This is of less interest than the etudes and the sound is even less attractive.

As an aside, twelve of the twenty-two pages of liner notes are devoted to the pianist, who died in 1983 - a bit over the top I would say. The producers would have served his memory better by letting these fine recordings speak for themselves. Perhaps this has been addressed in more recent releases as the cd I own has a 1987 copyright date....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best Etudes available for listening pleasure 9 Mar. 2011
By ROBERT H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I will agree with the previous review about both the Uchida and Pollini versions, neither of which seemed satisfactory to my ears as showing the sensitivity and musicality to seduce the listener. Both show ample technical finesse but do not bring the music's beauty to the fore. The Jacobs version on the other hand is a real delight to the ears. His recordings of the Debussy Preludes and Images are also first rate. His only near rival in my opinion in those other works is Michelangeli. When you hear the others, I ask "Where is the poetry?"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful performances marred by poor sound 15 May 2014
By P. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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These recordings are AAD, perhaps the only I have with that particular SPARS code. This is unfortunate since the analog remixing apparently prevents a more thorough digital remastering. Even so, the performances are superb. Listen to the end of the etude for fourths: the wistful character of the brief melody is captured perfectly.
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