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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic interpretation, 22 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Debussy : 12 Etudes, Images Sets 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
I own several fine recordings of Debussy's Images, but this one by Aimard is very special. This is a reading that seeks to present Debussy as the great modernist he was. Mr Aimard dispenses with hazy clouds to present instead a thoroughly musical and very finely nuanced portrait of Debussy's art. Other pianists have sought to "clear the mist" away from Debussy before, perhaps most famously Michelangeli; I have always been less than enamoured of Michelageli's supposedly definitive interpretations - yes, we have the clarity, but where is the poetry? No such problems with Aimard's versions. There is something so rich and full-bodied about this Debussy: the piano rings and shines with the amazing ideas in the composer's soundworld - these harmonies are truly extraordinary when you consider they were published 1905-1907, and Mr Aimard never lets us forget that. This is Debussy playing that makes you listen with renewed awe and respect to a composer whose daring and innovation have never ceased to astonish.
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