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  • Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
  • Composer: Claude Debussy
  • Audio CD (11 Sept. 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G6F
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By david on 12 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD
After groundbreaking EMI recordings in Ravel, Rachmaninov and to lesser critical acclaim, Haydn and Schumann (I like them though, very strong playing) and some illness, Michelangeli seemed to get a second wind in the recording studio with DG from the early 1970s with a series of finely recorded performances that capture the Italian at his very best. Though studio records, they are presumably laid down in a single unedited take. Mistakes, smudges or wrong notes, are virtually unknown in Michelangeli's long concertising career. These records contribute - though there is plenty of other evidence (see my footnote) - to his inclusion in the very top rank of post-war pianists, perhaps right at the top, above even Richter. Certainly he was more consistent, if in a narrower repertoire. That is a subject of wide debate.

Of all these DG recordings this 1971 Debussy survey is probably the most famous. Not least because it cleared away much deadwood in Debussy piano recordings that had accumulated in the 1950s and 1960s and shone a much needed fresh spotlight on Debussy's magnificent achievement at the keyboard. As such this record instantly won unanimous critical acclaim and picked up the main industry prizes, the Edison, Grand Prix du Disque and Deutsche Schallplatten. The two books of Preludes followed in 1978, separated by ten years, and 1988 to further acclaim. But by this time, taking advantage of the renewed interest in Debussy as composer for the piano created by Michelangeli, the market was beginning to fill out with many rival and more (for some listeners anyway who preferred a fuller more upholstered and closely miked piano sound) more "attractive" sounding interpretations.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Lawrence on 28 Feb. 2013
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Lovely little packet of tunes which trip off the keyboard and a beautiful interpretation of the composer by a lovely pianist.I would recommend this to any classical music lover. Debussy never seems to cease to amaze me by his ingenuity.
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By queen on 30 Dec. 2014
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Everything perfect!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
One of the Top 10 Debussy Keyboard Albums of All Time 7 July 2002
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Format: Audio CD
...which is quite a mouthful considering that it was released in 1971, long after the "Golden Era" of virtuoso pianism had ended. But with the so-called "mad genius of the keyboard" known as A.B. Michelangeli (1920 - 1995) at the helm, it became a huge winner both for Debussy and Deutsche Grammophon, as well as for the world of recorded music at large. As a matter of fact, this was one of the most swiftly and unanimously praised albums to come out of "The Little Yellow Flower" label's catalog. Indeed, Michelangeli's Debussy garnered such instant recognition that even the earliest pressings left the factory having their jackets already affixed with numerous gold stickers trumpeting the disc's critical prize-winnings. Among these were the Edison Prize (United States), the Prix du Disq (France) and the Deutscher Schall Platten Preis (Germany).
Despite Michelangeli's justifiably deserved reputation for delivering the goods in performances of Ravel and Rachmaninov's piano concertos, his Scarlatti and Brahms, and occasional flashes of brilliance with the standard lineup of titanic composers, this Debussy solo piano album is possibly the most repeatedly enjoyable offering from his rather small recorded legacy. Michelangeli comes as close to "owning" these pieces as have any of the legends more celebrated or strongly linked to the interpretation of the French repertoire, foremost being Gieseking, Casadesus and Moravec. Yes, it's almost regrettable to say it, but this album is likely to move into the front-runner position in your collection, even if you've gotten used to some old tried-and-true favorites. It is a fairly indisputable fact that nobody has ever played nor ever again will play Debussy like Walter Gieseking did in the 1930s; but distant, scratchy monaural sound does not constitute a benchmark for most modern ears. This album does.
Which brings us to the sound. The stereo taping was a well-engineered room-filler with just the right touch of reverberation. No single channel is overbearing in tone or timbre, and harshness, even in the more volatile passages of the second Images book, is a non-existent detriment. Mind you, this album never exactly had the presence of an RCA shaded dog, but the quality is more than adequate. As for the transfer, this was an early vinyl-to-CD jump dating all the way back to 1987. (It is also the only Michelangeli on DG which remains in print, attesting to its popularity lo, these many years.) Consequently, you will find that it neither deviates from the original analog tapes, nor does it quite come up to the vinyl pressing's standard. In other words, it's like 99% of the compact disc re-issues out there; not great but pretty darned acceptable. Luckily, it's hard to foul up solo piano recordings, as there isn't much to lose in the transfer. Not to mention that DG's vinyl pressings of the 1970s were pretty flimsy affairs, and hardly audiophile candidates. A decent CD player is going to bring this classic through A-okay.
At any rate, you'll be too entranced to notice anything else but keyboard artistry at an exceeding standard. Add this one to the top of the pile, and never regret it; here is one of Claude Debussy's shining hours. There can be no mystery as to how the album remains a slice of perfection to this day when you consider the reclusive, inscrutable pianist's own words from the original LP liner notes: "Asked when it was that the tonal world of Debussy's had disclosed itself to Benedetti Michelangeli, he answered without the slightest hesitation: `It has always been my world; this music has always been my music from the very start.' "
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
One Of The All Time Great Recordings 11 Sept. 1998
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This album, originally released about 1973, is one of the most beautiful I have ever heard. Twenty five years later I still cannot believe that one man with ten fingers could produce the sounds Michelangeli coaxes and caresses from the keyboard. The blending of techinique and emotion is so balanced and seamless it's as if he becomes one with the piano and the music. "Reflections in the Water" and "Poissons D'Or" shimmer and the climax in "Movement" will raise the hair on the back of your neck. "Homage a Rameau" is stunning as Michelangeli builds and layers sonorities. "Children's Corner" is given a warm and lovely interpretation, with "The Snow Is Dancing" a particular highlight. Whenever I hear it I am all of a sudden catching snowflakes on my tongue in a perfect winter wonderland. The recording is flawless and the transfer to CD retains all the warmth and excitement of the original.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
art of the gods 10 Jan. 2006
By LuelCanyon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of Michelangeli's supreme recordings! The Images books sublimely wrought, a pianist of excruciating gifts with his mystifying inner world fully alive, and beautifully intimate sonics that are a model of restraint. What more can you ask for? Find me another recorded version of the Images to rival this one. Michelangeli gives us Debussy in gestures so natural as to be invisible. His Children's Corner is pure magic, profound, completely free; he proposes Debussy's as an art of revolutionary depth. Michelangeli's unerring conception is transparent and scintillating, richer than it appears, and ripe with truth. This is absolutely magisterial musical art in the throes of genius and high purpose. Discover the art of the gods. Overwhelming recommendation for a perfect recording.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Benedetti Michelangeli: The supreme perfection 30 July 2004
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was a sumptuous pianist . His playing was precise , and his cantabile , unique . The sound he got surrounded the atmosphere and he made floating the notes . All these virtues are fundamental when you intend to win in Debussy .

The Children's corner is the peak of this album . Michelangeli combined the impresionist mood with the childhood fantasy creating this naif atmosphere so difficult to obtain .

Please acquire this CD and you 'll convince yourself about the greatness of this legendary artist .
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Astonishing performance 14 Aug. 2006
By JP Nightingale - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Michelangi's rendition of Debussy's Images I & II, as well as Children's Corner, is nothing short of extraordinary.

These are delicate, impressionistic pieces which in lesser hands can sound whimsical or even effete. With Michelangeli you not only feel as though you are hearing the music for the first time, but you realise what a radical and influential genius Debussy actually was.

This is a truly classic recording of a legendary performer and not one to be missed.
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