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The Debussy Recordings / Samson Francois, piano [3 CDs]

Audio Samples

>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : L'isle joyeuse
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 2
>Debussy, Claude : Masques
>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Arabesque, for piano no 2 in G major, L. 66/2
>Debussy, Claude : Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : Pour les agrements, etude for piano, L. 136/8
>Debussy, Claude : Pour les sonorites opposees, etude for piano, L. 136/10
>Debussy, Claude : Pour les accords, etude for piano, L. 136/12
>Debussy, Claude : Berceuse heroique
>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Debussy, Claude : La plus que lente
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : La danse de Puck, prelude for piano, L. 117/11

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : L'isle joyeuse
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 2
>Debussy, Claude : Masques
>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Arabesque, for piano no 2 in G major, L. 66/2
>Debussy, Claude : Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : Pour les agrements, etude for piano, L. 136/8
>Debussy, Claude : Pour les sonorites opposees, etude for piano, L. 136/10
>Debussy, Claude : Pour les accords, etude for piano, L. 136/12
>Debussy, Claude : Berceuse heroique
>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Debussy, Claude : La plus que lente
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : La danse de Puck, prelude for piano, L. 117/11
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

EMI Classics is proud to present for the very first time the complete Samson Francois Debussy recordings in one box. This three CD set features some of Debussy's finest piano compositions performed by one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. In the 150th anniversary year of Debussy's birth, this collection serves as a perfect tribute to one of the most prominent figures in classical music. Works found in the set include Deux arabesques, Pour le piano as well as Suite bergamasque featuring the most famous movement of the suite, Clair de lune. Samson Francois's interpretation of theses popular Debussy piano works is truly exceptional. He always delivers personal interpretations, marked by an exceptional sense of narrative. One critic hailed him as one the most important pianists in postwar France with playing that was daring as it was rhapsodic, but also notable for its uncompromising integrity and extraordinary intelligence.



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Salla Alcazar, Monte Carlo, Monaco (04/23/1968-07/23/1968); Salla Alcazar, Monte Carlo, Monaco (05/23/1969-05/28/1969)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Salla Alcazar, Monte Carlo, Monaco (04/23/1968-07/23/1968)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : L'isle joyeuse
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (07/12/1961-07/19/1961)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (02/16/1968-04/18/1968); Paris, Salle Wagram (06/25/1969-10/23/1969)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 2
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (02/16/1968-04/18/1968)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Debussy, Claude : Masques
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Debussy, Claude : Arabesque, for piano no 2 in G major, L. 66/2
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Debussy, Claude : Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Salla Alcazar, Monte Carlo, Monaco (05/21/1969-05/23/1969)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Pour les agréments, etude for piano, L. 136/8
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Salla Alcazar, Monte Carlo, Monaco (05/21/1969-05/23/1969)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Pour les sonorités opposées, etude for piano, L. 136/10
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Salla Alcazar, Monte Carlo, Monaco (05/21/1969-05/23/1969)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Salla Alcazar, Monte Carlo, Monaco (05/21/1969-05/23/1969)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Pour les accords, etude for piano, L. 136/12
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Salla Alcazar, Monte Carlo, Monaco (05/21/1969-05/23/1969)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Berceuse heroïque
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (07/12/1961-07/19/1961)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1901

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (04/19/1968-10/21/1969)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Salla Alcazar, Monte Carlo, Monaco (05/27/1969-05/28/1969)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (01/08/1968-05/15/1968)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (01/11/1968-02/15/1968)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1901

>Debussy, Claude : La plus que lente
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (07/12/1961-07/19/1961)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (07/12/1961-07/19/1961)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (07/12/1961-07/19/1961)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : La danse de Puck, prelude for piano, L. 117/11
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (07/12/1961-07/19/1961)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (07/12/1961-07/19/1961)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris, Salle Wagram (07/12/1961-07/19/1961)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915