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Debussy: Suite bergamasque; Children's Corner; Pour le piano; Masques; L'isle joyeuse; Deux Arabesques / Angela Hewitt, piano

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Debussy, Claude : Tarentelle styrienne
>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
>Debussy, Claude : Masques
>Debussy, Claude : L'isle joyeuse
>Debussy, Claude : La plus que lente
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Angela Hewitt's previous forays into the French repertoire have been praised for their tenderness, Gallic wit, verve, and - the most important ingredient of all - charm. These qualities are very much to the fore in this new disc of music by Claude Debussy featuring some of the composer's most sunlit, delightful and popular works. Children's Corner was written for Debussy's beloved daughter (though not, as Hewitt explains, for her to play immediately). Hewitt embraces the music's humor, artful references and gentle beauty. The atmospheric Suite bergamasque includes the famous "Clair de lune." Also included are the tragic Masques and gorgeously exuberant L'isle joyeuse. Hewitt and Debussy are a perfect match.

Gramophone
Hewitt's enviably proficient technique and musicianship are complemented by a rare vividness and romantic empathy.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
I am not surprised how well a Bach expert like Hewitt plays Debussy. For all of his impressionist washes of sound, he had a deep understanding of counterpoint, and one often finds any number of simultaneous musical ideas occurring in his music. Bach is relatively straightforward in this respect, but Debussy requires the pianist to analyze everything and make interpretive decisions, which Hewitt does with great effect. I cannot imagine a single (very generous) disc that I could recommend more as an excellent introduction to or survey of Debussy's piano music. Hyperion's reliable and excellent production values are fully evident here, with excellent notes and superb sound.

The Guardian, 4th October 2012
There's not a trace of the "impressionistic" about her treatment of any of them: this is Debussy portrayed in clean, bright colours and sharply focused detail, with every rhythm precisely etched...it's undeniably high-class playing, even when you don't agree with some of its details.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (12/12/2011-12/15/2011).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (12/12/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (12/12/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Debussy, Claude : Tarentelle styrienne
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (12/12/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (12/12/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1891

>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (12/12/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1901

>Debussy, Claude : Masques
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (12/12/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : L'isle joyeuse
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (12/12/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : La plus que lente
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (12/12/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1910