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This review is from: Debussy : 12 Etudes, Images Sets 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is a wonderful player and has given me an excellent insight into a lot of music both on disc and in concert. However, I am rather disappointed with this recording.
I find that Aimard uses the pedal where I don't think there should be pedal, he doesn't emphasize the melodies (or jagged barbs of melodies) that sometimes occur in the etudes. The Images, similarly, suffer from being under-emphasized in many places. This could be due to the sound recording.
It would be impossible to say that this is a bad CD but given the number of classical recordings of excellent calibre that are available on the market (including of these masterworks) I really can't recommend it. Aimard seems to make little of the music's possibilities, the amazing highs and lows, the flashes of light and shades of dark that Debussy put into the score.
I knew all of Debussy's other piano music when I bought this CD but this was the first time that I had heard the etudes. I believe that other recordings will give greater pleasure and greater understanding of these beguiling works.
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Initial post: 22 May 2011 16:31:36 BDT
Dr. Richard M. Price says:
This seems to me a less than fair review. Since almost two thirds of the disc is taken up by the Etudes, it would be wiser to study the score and listen to other recordings before passing judgement. As for Aimard's playing of the Images, it is, surely, quite admirable in its subtle shifts of tone, dynamics and tempo; cruder, more dramatic readings are fun in the concert hall, but are less faithful to Debussy and do not bear repeated listening. And there is nothing wrong in the quality of the recording.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2011 11:24:35 BDT
a nice guy says:
Thank you for your feedback. I have listened to this recording several more times and I am still of the opinion that it doesn't capture the multi-faceted nature of the Etudes. They're almost black and white to me when compared to Mitsuko Uchida's recording of the same pieces.
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