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Claude Debussy: Estampes, Images Book I & II; 12 Etudes / Craig Sheppard, piano

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 2
>Debussy, Claude : Etudes (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136
>Debussy, Claude : Hommage a Joseph Haydn, for piano, L. 115
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Notes & Reviews:

In anticipation of the 15th anniversary of its founding in 2014, Roméo Records is proud and happy to announce the release of the 99th and 100th CDs in our catalog. And what better recording could there be to commemorate this milestone than a new recording by one of Roméo's most prestigious artists, Craig Sheppard. Coming soon after his critical success with Debussy's Preludes, Sheppard performs on these two specially priced CDs the same composer's Estampes, Images, 1st and 2nd Series, The 12 Etudes and Hommage à Haydn.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Estampes is impeccable. He captures East Asia in the atmospheric 'Pagodes' with firm rhythms and beautiful voicings and makes the most of the textural contrasts in 'La Soiree dans Grenade': one hears the castanets and guitars of Spain over an insinuating habanera rhythm. 'Jardins sous la Pluie' sparkles magically, aided by clear pedaling and pristine 16th notes. Sheppard's pacing and command of sonority intensify the drama before emerging into the "sunlight". His performance of Images, refined and elegant, likewise evokes times and places. Echoing his invocation of the gamelan sounds in 'Pagodes', he shrouds the superbly paced 'Cloches a travers les feuilles' in mystery. While 'Mouvements' sounds tame compared to interpretations by Michelangeli or Argerich, Sheppard's understated approach still stresses brilliance and clarity. The Etudes have ease and humor. He His short explanation that prefaces the concluding 'Homage to Haydn' is as lucid and charming as his playing of it. The sound is excellent. His liner notes are both informative and engaging.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Meany Theater, Seattle (04/15/2013-04/16/2013).



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>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Craig Sheppard (Piano)
  • Notes: Meany Theater, Seattle (04/15/2013-04/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
  • Performer: Craig Sheppard (Piano)
  • Notes: Meany Theater, Seattle (04/15/2013-04/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 2
  • Performer: Craig Sheppard (Piano)
  • Notes: Meany Theater, Seattle (04/15/2013-04/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Debussy, Claude : Études (12) for piano in 2 books, L. 136
  • Performer: Craig Sheppard (Piano)
  • Notes: Meany Theater, Seattle (04/15/2013-04/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Hommage à Joseph Haydn, for piano, L. 115
  • Performer: Craig Sheppard (Piano)
  • Notes: Meany Theater, Seattle (04/15/2013-04/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909