Debussy: Four-Hand Piano Music - Petite Suite; Marche écossaise; 6 épigraphes antiques et al. / Jean-Pierre Armengaud; Olivier Chauzu, pianos

> Petite Suite - I. En bateau
> Petite Suite - II. Cortege
> Petite Suite - III. Menuet
> Petite Suite - IV. Ballet
> Marche ecossaise sur un theme populaire (version for piano 4 hands) (1st version) - Marche ecossaise sur un theme populaire (version for piano 4 hands) (1st version)
> 6 Epigraphes antiques - No. 1. Pour invoquer Pan
> 6 Epigraphes antiques - No. 2. Pour un tombeau sans nom
> 6 Epigraphes antiques - No. 3. Pour que la nuit soit propice
> 6 Epigraphes antiques - No. 4. Pour la danseuse aux crotales
> 6 Epigraphes antiques - No. 5. Pour l'egyptienne
> 6 Epigraphes antiques - No. 6. Pour remercier la pluie au matin
> Premiere Suite (version for piano 4 hands) - I. Fete
> Premiere Suite (version for piano 4 hands) - II. Ballet
> Premiere Suite (version for piano 4 hands) - III. Reve
> Premiere Suite (version for piano 4 hands) - IV. Cortege et Bacchanale

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
>Debussy, Claude : Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire
>Debussy, Claude : Epigraphes antiques (6)
>Debussy, Claude : Premiere suite d'orchestre, for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), L. 50
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The recent discovery (2008) of the Premiere Suite d'orchestrefor piano, four hands, is a large-scale, sonorous work which reveals Debussy's interest in constantly evolving form. Derived in part from his incidental music for the Chansons de Bilitis, an evocation of poetic scenes from an ancient pagan world, Six Epigraphes antiquesis a colourful work of considerable creative freedom. The Petite Suite includes such well-loved movements as En bateau and Cortege, while the Marche ecossaiseis heard on this recording in its rare first version.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Armengaud and Chauzu on Naxos have a wonderful musicality to their performances. They conjure up many colors and textures at one piano. Naxos's piano sound and booklet notes are up to their usual high standards. Subtle, evocative music like the Epigraphes Antiques are better served by Armengaud and Chauzu on Naxos. I was impressed by the Italian pianists' ensemble in music with much rhythmic complexity. Listening to works normally heard performed by an orchestra is enlightening, especially in the clarity of rhythm. With good sound and notes as well, the bargain price makes this set an absolute must.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 4'33, Pierre Malbos, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (2012-03-12_2012-03-14&2012-).



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>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
  • Performers: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano); Olivier Chauzu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Debussy, Claude : Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire
  • Performers: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano); Olivier Chauzu (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 4'33, Pierre Malbos, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (03/12/2012-03/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1891

>Debussy, Claude : Epigraphes antiques (6)
  • Performers: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano); Olivier Chauzu (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 4'33, Pierre Malbos, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (03/12/2012-03/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Debussy, Claude : Première suite d'orchestre, for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), L. 50
  • Performers: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano); Olivier Chauzu (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 4'33, Pierre Malbos, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (03/12/2012-03/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883