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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Value Debussy, 8 July 2007
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This review is from: The Very Best of Debussy (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.

(The complete Naxos `Very best Of' series features Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Dvorak, Elgar, Grieg, Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Satie, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Strauss (Johann) II, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Vivaldi).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!, 3 Mar 2012
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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
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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 Sep 2014
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Good service and product. A nice compilation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely quality., 23 Aug 2014
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Lovely quality, arrived on time.
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