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The Very Best of Debussy [CD]

Claude Debussy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000EQHS28
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Nocturnes: II. FetesAlexander Rahbari 6:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 10: I. Anime et tres decideKodaly Quartet 6:140.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un fauneJan Van Reeth10:32Album Only
Listen  4. 3 Estampes: No. 3. Jardins sous le pluie (Gardens in the rain)Francois-Joel Thiollier 3:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cello Sonata in D minor: I. PrologueTatjana Vassilieva 4:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune (orch. A. Caplet): Clair de lune (orch. Andre Caplet)Leif Segerstam 4:270.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Violin Sonata in G minor: II. Intermede: fantastique et legerPascal Devoyon 4:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Preludes, Book 1: No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair)Francois-Joel Thiollier 2:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La mer: II. Jeux de vaguesAlexander Rahbari 7:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Pelleas et Melisande (Pelleas and Melisande), Act III, Scene 1: Une des tours du chateauJean-Claude Casadesus14:24Album Only
Listen11. Preludes, Book 1: No. 12. MinstrelsFrancois-Joel Thiollier 2:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Rapsodie arabe for Alto Saxophone and OrchestraAlexander Rahbari10:50Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Images (excerpt): II. Iberia: Par les rues et par les chemins - Les parfums de la nuit - Le matin d'un jour de feteAlexander Rahbari21:45Album Only
Listen  2. Preludes, Book 1: No. 10. La cathedrale engloutie (The sunken cathedral)Francois-Joel Thiollier 5:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Marche ecossaise sur un theme populaireAlexander Rahbari 6:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Images I: No. 1. Reflets dans l'eauFrancois-Joel Thiollier 5:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Reverie (arr. for harp and violin)Ellen Sejersted Bodtker 3:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. L'Isle joyeuseFrancois-Joel Thiollier 5:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. La mer: I. De l'aube a midi sur la merAlexander Rahbari 9:20Album Only
Listen  8. La plus que lente: La plus que lente (Valse)Francois-Joel Thiollier 4:450.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Danse sacree et danse profane: II. Danse profaneSjur Bjaerke 5:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Arabesque No. 1Francois-Joel Thiollier 5:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Children's Corner: VI. Golliwogg's Cake-walk (orch. A. Caplet)Leif Segerstam 3:080.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune - Clair de lune - Rapsodie arabe - Marche ecossaise sur un thème populaire - L'Isle joyeuse - La plus que lente... / Artistes divers

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Value Debussy 8 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
This Naxos double CD is effectively a reworking of the original single CD release `The Best of Debussy', expanded to include more of the composer's music then attractively packaged with new artwork and a card slip-case cover showing an amusing caricature of the composer.

As with any `Best Of' compilation much of the composer's work will inevitably be omitted - Debussy incidentally wrote around 227 works so the 23 pieces on these CDs represent only a small proportion of his lifetime works. There are however over 2 and a half hours of music here to be enjoyed and it's a good cross-section of Debussy's music.

The sleeve notes are helpful for those wanting a little more than these highlights, for they provide recommended further listening (all Naxos label CD's of course!). For those who do not wish to delve any deeper and are content with these types of collections there are a number of other Naxos `Very Best Of' releases featuring other composers, which can form the basis of a very respectable and comprehensive classical music CD library.

I think Debussy remains one of today's slightly under-rated composers. He was one of the most innovative and creative figures of the late 19th century and played a major role in the development of the romantic style during this period. This collection is a good starting point, but Debussy I think deserves a little further listing than this compilation. Listen to CD 1 track 8, `La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair) for an example of Debussy's beautifully mysterious solo piano work. There is much more of this type of work available and it would be a shame not to experience it.

In summary, an informative and attractively presented mid-priced CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff! 3 Mar 2012
By emlockl
Format:Audio CD
This collection of Debussy classics has been a welcome addition in my classroom, particularly with my more challenging classes. The classical music has a very calming influence which is wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Debussy - Creme de la creme! 6 May 2013
By Ariadne
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I liked the selection of Debussy's work which is just right for someone new to him. This would make a good present for someone coming fresh to this music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Jean Carroll - Published on
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received in a fast and efficient manner and love the music
4.0 out of 5 stars what a great collection! 4 July 2014
By anne beckman - Published on
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a comprehensive collection of Dubussy 's major works. if you're a fan of Claude Debussy, you will want to have this in your classical music collection.
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