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Debussy : The Complete Piano Music

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

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Gordon Fergus-Thompson has been praised for his interpretation of French "Impressionist" music, with much of his reputation based on this collection of Debussy's Complete Piano Music, and deservedly so. He achieves a clarity of sound that allows you to note details in the music, such as in the Toccata of Pour le Piano and Poissons d'or, but his performances are still richly colorful and marked with smoothness and suppleness. There is a restraint in the forte passages and in dramatic moments, but it doesn't feel forced, and there are still dynamic contrasts between loud and soft, between calm and animated. The Preludes, Book 1, are an excellent example of those contrasts, ranging from the tumult of Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest to the gracefulness of La fille aux cheveux de lin. He takes the pieces in the Children's Corner and the waltz La plus que lente faster than many pianists, and also in the Children's Corner, he applies a little too much sophistication and coloration. Other than that, however, Fergus-Thompson seems to have a natural control over every touch of key or pedal that makes all of Debussy's pieces sound technically easy and musically organic. This set could easily be a benchmark by which you judge other performances.
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Rêverie, L. 68 (Claude Debussy)

1
Debussy: Rêverie, L.68
00:04:31

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Suite Bergamasque, L.75 (Claude Debussy)

2
1. Prélude
00:04:04

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

3
2. Menuet
00:04:22

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

4
3. Clair de lune
00:06:29

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

5
4. Passepied
00:03:45

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Images oubliées, L. 87 (Claude Debussy)

6
Lent (mélancolique et doux)
00:04:07

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

7
Tres vite
00:03:39

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Pour le piano, L. 95 (Claude Debussy)

8
1. Prélude
00:03:59

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

9
2. Sarabande
00:05:39

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

10
3. Toccata
00:03:55

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Images - Book 1, L. 110 (Claude Debussy)

11
1. Reflets dans l'eau
00:05:30

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

12
2. Hommage à Rameau
00:07:33

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

13
3. Mouvement
00:04:03

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Images - Book 2, L. 111 (Claude Debussy)

14
1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
00:05:09

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

15
2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
00:06:01

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

16
3. Poissons d'or
00:04:02

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

DISC 2

Deux Arabesques L. 66 (Claude Debussy)

1
Arabesque No. 1
00:04:41

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

2
Arabesque No. 2
00:03:31

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Danse Bohémienne, L. 9 (Claude Debussy)

3
Debussy: Danse bohémienne, L.9
00:02:08

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Ballade slave, L. 70 (Claude Debussy)

4
Debussy: Ballade slave, L.70
00:07:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Tarantelle styrienne, L. 69 (Claude Debussy)

5
Debussy: Tarantelle styrienne, L.69
00:04:53

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Valse romantique, L. 71 (Claude Debussy)

6
Debussy: Valse romantique, L.71
00:03:40

Claude Debussy, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Mazurka, L. 67 (Claude Debussy)

7
Debussy: Mazurka, L.67
00:02:55

Claude Debussy, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Nocturne, L. 82 (Claude Debussy)

8
Debussy: Nocturne, L.82
00:06:58

Claude Debussy, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Préludes / Book 1, L.117 (Claude Debussy)

9
1. Danseuses de Delphes
00:03:21

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

10
2. Voiles
00:04:22

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

11
3. Le vent dans la plaine
00:02:38

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

12
4. Les sons et les parfums
00:03:41

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

13
5. Les collines d'Anacapri
00:03:01

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

14
6. Des pas sur la neige
00:04:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

15
7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest
00:03:28

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

16
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
00:03:00

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

17
9. La sérénade interrompue
00:02:55

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

18
10. La cathédrale engloutie
00:06:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

19
11. La danse de Puck
00:02:59

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

20
12. Minstrels
00:02:21

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

DISC 3

L'isle joyeuse, L. 106 (Claude Debussy)

1
Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse, L.106
00:05:52

Claude Debussy, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Estampes, L. 100 (Claude Debussy)

2
1. Pagodes
00:05:51

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

3
2. La Soirée dans Grenade
00:05:29

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

4
3. Jardins sous la pluie
00:03:56

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

D'un cahier d'esquisses, L. 99 (Claude Debussy)

5
Debussy: D'un cahier d'esquisses, L.99
00:05:23

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Morceau de concours, L. 108 (Claude Debussy)

6
Debussy: Morceau de Concours, L.108
00:01:00

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Masques, L. 105 (Claude Debussy)

7
Debussy: Masques, L.105
00:04:37

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Préludes - Book 2, L.123 (Claude Debussy)

8
1. Brouillards
00:04:42

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

9
2. Feuilles mortes
00:03:57

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

10
3. La puerta del vino
00:03:36

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

11
4. Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses
00:03:18

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

12
5. Bruyères
00:03:15

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

13
6. General Lavine - eccentric
00:02:30

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

14
7. Les terraces des audiences
00:05:07

Claude Debussy, Composer - Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Haskell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Waugh, Producer

℗ 1990 ASV Ltd.

Album Description

Gordon Fergus-Thompson has been praised for his interpretation of French "Impressionist" music, with much of his reputation based on this collection of Debussy's Complete Piano Music, and deservedly so. He achieves a clarity of sound that allows you to note details in the music, such as in the Toccata of Pour le Piano and Poissons d'or, but his performances are still richly colorful and marked with smoothness and suppleness. There is a restraint in the forte passages and in dramatic moments, but it doesn't feel forced, and there are still dynamic contrasts between loud and soft, between calm and animated. The Preludes, Book 1, are an excellent example of those contrasts, ranging from the tumult of Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest to the gracefulness of La fille aux cheveux de lin. He takes the pieces in the Children's Corner and the waltz La plus que lente faster than many pianists, and also in the Children's Corner, he applies a little too much sophistication and coloration. Other than that, however, Fergus-Thompson seems to have a natural control over every touch of key or pedal that makes all of Debussy's pieces sound technically easy and musically organic. This set could easily be a benchmark by which you judge other performances.
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