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Maurizio Pollini|Debussy: Préludes II

Debussy: Préludes II

Maurizio Pollini

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Why yes indeed, this is a very recent recording of Debussy by Maurizio Pollini (with his own son Daniele at his side for En blanc et en noir), made in late 2016 in Munich's sumptuous Herkulesaal. In it, the old lion of the piano unfurls for us the sumptuous and enigmatic musical tapestry of the Second Book of Debussy's Preludes, finished in 1912: a superlatively delicate pattern, more sketched and suggested than really followed, the pianist being enjoined not to "overdo it". Maurizio Pollini, 74 when the recording was made, can measure his performance out perfectly, and knows how to give the impression that the music is being written and improvised as he plays. And the album closes with En blanc et en noir for two pianos, of which Debussy wrote in 1915: "I have suffered greatly from the long drought imposed upon my brain by the war"; after months of silence, and his work editing Chopin, he entered a period of fevered creativity which continued with the two Books of the Études and the final sonatas. First entitled "Caprices en blanc et noir", the three pieces of En blanc et noir refer neatly to the instrument's keys and, as Debussy writes in 1916, "they aim to draw their colour, their emotion, from the simple piano, like Velasquez's greys". Grey, the fruit of the meeting of black and white... © SM/Qobuz

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

1
1. Brouillards
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:36

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
2. Feuilles mortes
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
3. La puerta del vino
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:37

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
4. Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:59

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
5. Bruyères
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:20

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
6. General Lavine - eccentric
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:16

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Maurizio Pollini
00:03:34

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
8. Ondine
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:48

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
9. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:27

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
10. Canope
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:24

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
11. Les tierces alternées
Maurizio Pollini
00:02:27

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
12. Feux d'artifice
Maurizio Pollini
00:04:05

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

En blanc et noir, L.134 (Claude Debussy)

13
1. Avec emportement
Maurizio Pollini
00:04:13

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano - Daniele Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
2. Lent. Sombre
Daniele Pollini
00:07:11

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano - Daniele Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
3. Scherzando
Daniele Pollini
00:04:09

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano - Daniele Pollini, Piano

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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Why yes indeed, this is a very recent recording of Debussy by Maurizio Pollini (with his own son Daniele at his side for En blanc et en noir), made in late 2016 in Munich's sumptuous Herkulesaal. In it, the old lion of the piano unfurls for us the sumptuous and enigmatic musical tapestry of the Second Book of Debussy's Preludes, finished in 1912: a superlatively delicate pattern, more sketched and suggested than really followed, the pianist being enjoined not to "overdo it". Maurizio Pollini, 74 when the recording was made, can measure his performance out perfectly, and knows how to give the impression that the music is being written and improvised as he plays. And the album closes with En blanc et en noir for two pianos, of which Debussy wrote in 1915: "I have suffered greatly from the long drought imposed upon my brain by the war"; after months of silence, and his work editing Chopin, he entered a period of fevered creativity which continued with the two Books of the Études and the final sonatas. First entitled "Caprices en blanc et noir", the three pieces of En blanc et noir refer neatly to the instrument's keys and, as Debussy writes in 1916, "they aim to draw their colour, their emotion, from the simple piano, like Velasquez's greys". Grey, the fruit of the meeting of black and white... © SM/Qobuz

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