Debussy: Preludes (CD)

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Artist:
Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Vladimir Ashkenazy's first recording of Debussy's Preludes is a somewhat of a sensation.

This recording combines a new recording of Book 1 with a live recording of Book 2 from a recital in New York in 1971.

We therefore not only honour the 100th anniversary of Debussy's death in 1918, but also pay tribute to one of the most remarkable pianists and musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Tracklisting:

Debussy: Préludes, Book 1
1. No. 1. Danseuses de Delphes
2. No. 2. Voiles 
3. No. 3. Le vent dans la plaine 
4. No. 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir 
5. No. 5. Les collines d'Anacapri 
6. No. 6. Des pas sur la neige 
7. No. 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
8. No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin 
9. No. 9. La sérénade interrompue 
10. No. 10. La cathédrale engloutie 
11. No. 11. La danse de Puck 
12. No. 12. Minstrels 

Debussy: Préludes, Book 2
13. No. 1. Brouillards 
14. No. 2. Feuilles mortes
15. No. 3. La puerta del vino 
16. No. 4. Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses 
17. No. 5. Bruyères 
18. No. 6. Général Lavine - eccentric 
19. No. 7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune 
20. No. 8. Ondine 
21. No. 9. Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.
22. No. 10. Canope
23. No. 11. Les tierces alternées 
24. No. 12. Feux d'artifice

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As something of a career rite of passage for pianists, it comes as a surprise that Vladimir Ashkenazy has not recorded Debussy’s set of 24 Preludes before. In a sense, he had begun: the recording of the Second Book of Preludes released on this Paladino CD dates from 1971, a live concert in New York that has inexplicably never seen the light of day on disc.

Forty-six years later Ashkenazy completed the project by recording Book One in the Tonzauber Studio in Vienna. Although they were published as a set, there is little evidence that Debussy thought of his Preludes as a cycle, validating Ashkenazy’s rather poignant decision to issue recordings that bookend his career. Released in the centenary year of Debussy’s death, the CD celebrates both composer and pianist.

- The Classical Music Collector, Chris Dench