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Zoltán Kocsis displays his superior gift with interpreting the French repertoire on this amazing four disc box set. The first three discs are devoted tot he piano music of Claude Debussy, many of which are rarely played and even more rarely recorded. And on the fourth disc he offers Debussy's 'Fantaisie for piano & orchestra' and follows that with the tow Ravel concerti for piano - the 'Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)' and the 'Piano Concerto in G major' from which the sublime 'Adagio assai' movement was so gracefully used in the film BIUTIFUL. In these works he collaborates with Iván Fischer conducting the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The entire set is exquisitely performed, but it is the Ravel performances that will capture the listener's attention.
There is little information about what is included on these four discs which sell for such a bargain price from Amazon and it is fitting to list the full contents:
The Debussy solo works are Préludes (12) for piano, Books I and II, Images (3), for piano, Sets I and II, Images inédites (3), for piano, D'un cahier d'esquisses, L'isle joyeuse, Arabesque, for piano No. 1 in E major, Arabesque, for piano No. 2 in G major, Hommage à Joseph Haydn, Rêverie, Page d'album (Pièce pour l'oeuvre du "Vêtement du blessé"), Berceuse héroïque for piano, Children's Corner, suite for piano, Pour le piano, suite for piano, Estampes, for piano, La plus que lente, waltz for piano, Nocturne, for piano, Valse romantique, for piano, Ballade (slave), for piano, Le petit nègre, cakewalk for piano, Elégie, for piano, Morceau de Concours (Pièce), for piano, Mazurka, Tarantelle styrienne (Danse), for piano, and the Suite bergamasque.
This is a Boxed Set of brilliantly played music by Debussy and Ravel by a pianist regarded by many as one of the finest on the concert stage. Grady Harp, February 11