This Naxos CD is volume one of five featuring the complete piano music of Debussy. It was recorded in late 1994 in Paris by the French-American François-Joël Thiollier and, despite others comments, I think the sound quality is fine, especially if you turn the volume up a little more than usual. Thiollier is, compared to other recordings I have, such as Kocsis Debussy: Piano Music
or Thibaudet Debussy: Complete Works for Solo Piano Vol.2 - Images, Etudes
, for example, "freer" in the execution of the "dreamier" pieces on this disc. He's perhaps a little stiffer in the dance-oriented pieces, but I find Thiollier immensely exciting in these early Debussy pieces.
The CD contains piano music Debussy wrote prior to 1901 and we are given "Suite bergamasque", "Nocturne", "Danse bohémienne", "Rêverie", "Mazurka", "Arabesqe 1 & 2", "Valse romantique", "Ballade", "Danse", and the "Suite: Pour le piano", first performed in 1904.
Aside from his Naxos Debussy recordings, Thoillier has a seemingly small discography, with some excellent Ravel on Naxos and a very hard-to-find set of Rachmaninov on RCA, which I was lucky to find a while ago Rachmaninov - Piano Works
when it was still available for reasonable prices! Do give this inexpensive CD a try, as I hope you will agree that François-Joël Thiollier is a much under-rated pianist.