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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.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Piemontesi's opening of 'Bruyeres' has far more energy and nuance. Where Piemontesi's much quicker rendering of the latter shows his ability to maneuver different lines with the utmost clarity, one feels that he pays more attention to the individual notes at the expense of the lyricism and overall structure of the piece. Every puzzle piece of a cathedral gradually emerging from the mist seems riveting. With 'Feux d'artifice' and 'Minstrels', Piemontesi's crisp approach is more energetic and vibrant. Her playing is also clean and crisp.

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