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Debussy: Préludes, books 1 & 2 / Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes (24) for piano, Books I & II, L.117, 123
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Notes & Reviews:

Debussy's complex and endless fascinating Préludes is the subject of pianist Francesco Piemontesi third recording on naïve. Piemontesi has based his performance on a newly transcribed edition of the Préludes by renowned French piano music scholar Roy Howatt. The sublime Debussy performance hinges not only on technical virtuosity but the nuanced ability to add colors, shading and character to the notes. Recognized as one of the worldwide specialists Debussy today, Piemontesi demonstrates with this wonderful collection the difference between Debussy rendered superficially or in the case of this collection with an infinitely interesting performance of extraordinary range.

CD Review, 9th January 2016
Our ears are in for a treat here; this is an absolutely beautiful recording ... there's always a lovely transparent, rich, bell like sound ... it really is a fantastic recording.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2016
Without resorting to mannerism, Piemontesi is hard to predict, remaining steady in the opening Danseuses de Delphes yet bringing a breezy lyricism to La fille aux cheveux de lin... in a crowded field with many classic performances, Piemontesi brings a new perspective.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano (Switzerland) (03/2014/04/2014).


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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes (24) for piano, Books I & II, L.117, 123
  • Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 75 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1912