Debussy: Preludes

Audio Samples

>Debussy, Claude : Danseuses de Delphes, prelude for piano, L. 117/1
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : La danse de Puck, prelude for piano, L. 117/11
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude no 9 (La sérénade interrompue)
>Debussy, Claude : Le vent dans la plaine, prelude for piano, L. 117/3
>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : General Lavine, eccentric, prelude for piano, L. 123/6
>Debussy, Claude : Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest, prelude for piano, L. 117/7
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Danseuses de Delphes, prelude for piano, L. 117/1
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : La danse de Puck, prelude for piano, L. 117/11
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude no 9 (La sérénade interrompue)
>Debussy, Claude : Le vent dans la plaine, prelude for piano, L. 117/3
>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : General Lavine, eccentric, prelude for piano, L. 123/6
>Debussy, Claude : Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest, prelude for piano, L. 117/7
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jorge Bolet made this superbly languid and delicate recording of 16 Préludes by Debussy less than two years before his untimely death in 1990 at the age of 75. The Cuban-born pianist's reputation was largely founded on his mercurial, blockbusting performances and recordings of Rachmaninov and Liszt, but this disc shows a true pianist's lightness of touch, as well as some superbly sensitive engineering and technical preparation of his beloved Baldwin SD-10 instrument, chosen by Bolet in preference to the far more popular Steinways.

Bolet's own personal fastidiousness - he always recorded in a jacket and tie - is reflected, and in perhaps unexpected and certainly fascinating ways, in this personal selection from the two books of twelve Préludes, and the ordering of them. He may have been a reluctant, and and indeed until the last couple of decades of his life, infrequent visitor to the studio - he once remarked that he would rather give hundreds of concerts than make one recording - but this wariness does not translate itself into metronomical stiffness but rather reflect a refined version of the spontaneity that manifested itself more naturally in his concert playing.

"Bolet's performances, with their inimitable beauty of line and shimmering sonority (very much the product of an unobtrusive but subtle virtuoso pedal technique), their poetic freedom within a basic pulse, were like some serene and final distillation of all he had learnt and known, the massive and legendary virtuosity of earlier days directed into an everincreasing concern with more durable musical truths."-Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco (09/1989).



Reviews

Enjoyable
I really enjoy Debussy's music. It's very wistful and romantic. It soothes and calms the mind. I think Mr. Bolet did a wonderful job on executing these qualities. He plays with delicacy and tenderness when needed. He is precise in his technique giving attention to the nuances that are dictated by Debussy through the dynamics and stylistic directions. A pleasant listen for sure.
Submitted on 01/02/11 by C Briley 
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>Debussy, Claude : Danseuses de Delphes, prelude for piano, L. 117/1
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1910-13.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1913

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : La danse de Puck, prelude for piano, L. 117/11
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude no 9 (La sérénade interrompue)
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1910

>Debussy, Claude : Le vent dans la plaine, prelude for piano, L. 117/3
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Général Lavine, eccentric, prelude for piano, L. 123/6
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest, prelude for piano, L. 117/7
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1910

>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1913

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912