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Homage to Debussy / Eric Himy

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude no 9 (La sérénade interrompue)
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 2
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
>Debussy, Claude : L'isle joyeuse
>Debussy, Claude : Beau soir
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mr. Himy began piano studies at age six, giving his first concert at age 10. He was guest soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at age 15, going on to win numerous competitions and awards including the Gold Medal at the 1988 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York, and top honors in the 1991 Milosz Magin International Competition in Paris. He was hailed by critics as "a spectacular choice" for his last-minute substitution for Pascal Roge in a performance of the Saint-Saens 'Concerto No. 2' with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra. After his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Hugh Wolff with Rachmaninov's 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini', the Washington Post wrote: "he used this romantic effusion to display an awesome technique and musicianship."



Reviews

Sensual Debussy
American Record Guide March /April 2009 DEBUSSY: Homage Eric Himy, piano Centaur 2968-78 minutes Yet another of Himy's homages to composers he's fond of. This miscellany draws largely from the Preludes, but two of the Images along with several other works are included. It also introduces the pianist's own arrangement of the Prelude a L’Apres-Midi d'un Faun. Given his luscious big sound, this gorgeous arrange­ment comes off almost well enough to make one forget about the missing orchestral colors. Readers are forewarned that Himy, aided and abetted by his Steingraber & Sohn piano, has a tendency to milk the sonorities for all they are worth. As with much Stokowski, if you believe in a hands-off approach, it's better to look elsewhere for your Debussy fix. 'Voiles', for example, is stretched to its limit, but all the more effective for daring to be different. 'La Serenade Interrompue' is highly characterized, and 'The Girl with the Flaxen Hair’ emotional­ized to the extreme. 'La Cathedral Engloutie' moves along with­out any overindulgence and produces some impressive sonorities. 'Bruyeres' has a luxuri­ant simplicity, and 'Les Terrasses des Audi­ences au Clair de Lune' shares with 'Canope' a timeless sense of expression that sounds just right in Himy's sensitive hands. On the other hand, 'Feux d'artifice' is not held back in its explosion of colors and dashes of light. `Poisson d'or' and 'Reflects dans l'eau' make one lament that the rest of the Images were not included. They both have that ele­gance of rhythm and color so essential to this music. Since Himy returns us to a Debussy world where the haze of impressionism has not been banished, you should avoid this if you insist that everything be exposed to the bright light of day. Other selections, including the song 'Beau Soir' as arranged by Berkowitz, are most beau­tifully performed in this outstanding recital, and the pianist's notes are of great interest for their subjective analysis. Homage indeed ­here's one pianist I would have welcomed a complete cycle from. BECKER American Record Guide 129
Submitted on 06/23/09 by mark g 
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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude no 9 (La sérénade interrompue)
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1910

>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1913

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1913

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 2
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : L'isle joyeuse
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : Beau soir
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880