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5.0 out of 5 stars Debussy as the Composer Intended, 8 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Debussy: Preludes (I); Images (Audio CD)
There are so many versions of the Debussy Preludes and Images that it can be very diffcult to select one for purchase or, in the case of serious collectors whether to invest in another version. The short answer to these dilemmas is to buy this disc with confidence. Why? Because Michelangeli's legendary technique and famous fidelity to the score are deployed with spectacular results here. What emerges is Debussy without the interpretative heavy handedness of so many other versions. Consquently we hear the music in all its delicacy and complexity as originally intended and those of you who like to support your listening by following the playing with a score will marvel as I did at the precision on view here. Try, for example Et la lune Descend sur le Temple qui Fut from Images II where the control, poise and feeling for differing textures leaves you thinking that you are hearing a familiar work completely afresh. Michelangeli was often accused of being distant and cool, but here his grace and pacing allow the music to speak for itself in all its delicacy and colour supported by a superb DG analogue recording. This is a desert island CD because whether you a student of Debussy or just like beautiful piano music, you will return again and again to this recording for its sensual pleasure and musical insights.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2011 14:28:08 BDT
thks for the review. however - superlatives aside for the artist , what recordings did you compare Michelangeli against. he is superb yes but who else have you listened to to form your opinion?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2011 16:46:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Oct 2011 16:47:10 BDT
Hello Simon,
You ask a fair question. I wrote the review in the light of listening to several versions but particularly the Gramophone award-winning version by Krystian Zimmerman (DG) which is a fascinating account, but a very personal view closely recorded. I also thought of Livia Rev (Hyperion), Pascal Roge (Decca) and Zoltan Kocsis (Philips), but I regret not pointing readers to the understated but compelling mono account of Walter Giesking-i'm sure you know this.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2011 14:32:49 BDT
ok thks . Zimmerman didnt move me at all - see my review on amazon of the Preludes if yr curious. Richter is my favourite overall. Giesking is fine also yes - shame the sound is so cloudy due to its age. Koscis (or Frankl) in Bartok also a must for me. rgds.
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