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Classical - Released March 28, 2011 | Saphir Productions

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Classical - Released July 1, 2010 | Halle Concerts Society

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Musical literalists may not be pleased with Colin Matthews' free orchestral arrangements of the 24 movements of Debussy's two books of Préludes pour le piano; this is certainly not the equivalent of Ravel's faithful orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Fans of impressionist orchestral music and some fans of the piano originals, though, may well experience a thrill, as if a lost Debussy orchestral piece had been rediscovered. Matthews has a consummate, almost uncanny understanding of Debussy's orchestrational style, and the occasional sonorities that betray the work's modern provenance clearly sound like intentional artistic decisions and not miscalculations. Debussy was a composer whose language and orchestration were always evolving, and it requires no stretch whatsoever to imagine that these orchestrations could have been his own. Listeners who know the piano preludes will be fascinated to hear the ways in which Matthews has reimagined them, sometimes even adding material, extending their length, and altering note values to make the music fit the orchestral idiom with complete naturalness. Matthews reorders the preludes, mixing the two books, opening with Brouillards, the first prelude from the second book and ending the set with a gorgeous, grand, radiant version of La cathédrale engloutie. He also adds an original postlude, titled Monsieur Croche (the composer's pen name as a music critic), which he describes as being closer to Debussy's style than he had "intended or expected." The commissioners of the arrangement, Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, perform it with luminous transparency and idiomatic sensitivity to roots in Impressionism. The sound is clean, clear, and present. Highly recommended. © TiVo
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Classical - Released March 7, 2013 | Bringins Music

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Classical - Released February 5, 2007 | Halle Concerts Society

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Classical - Released November 11, 2013 | Avie Records

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Classical - Released February 2, 2009 | Halle Concerts Society

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Chamber Music - Released March 18, 2016 | Onyx Classics

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The three violin sonatas on James Ehnes' and Andrew Armstrong's 2016 release on Onyx Classics were composed between 1915 and 1919, the first being Claude Debussy's Violin Sonata in G minor, followed chronologically by Ottorino Respighi's Violin Sonata in B minor and Edward Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor. These works, along with the Berceuse of Jean Sibelius, which dates from the same period, were composed in the midst of World War I and its grim aftermath, yet there is little in these pieces to show the trauma of that war and the hardships it brought. Indeed, they resist categorization as "war sonatas," and instead reflect the late Romanticism of the belle époque, rather than the modernism of the same time period. Because these works share lush harmonies, gentle moods, and more or less conventional tonality, they are accessible to listeners today who crave a traditional approach in their chamber music. Even so, these pieces have fallen into relative obscurity, notwithstanding their obvious appeal, so Ehnes and Armstrong have performed a valuable service by making them available on this album. Their performances are highly expressive and tinged with melancholy and nostalgia, which are appropriate for the style, though there isn't a trace of sentimentality. Onyx provides clear and roomy sound, and the recording captures every note, even in the softest passages. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 22, 2021 | TACET Musikproduktion

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Classical - Released February 27, 2014 | Blaricum CD Company (B.C.D.) B.V.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released May 30, 1913 | Tratore

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Classical - Released August 20, 2014 | VDE-GALLO

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Classical - Released July 17, 2015 | Blue Pie Records

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2004 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released June 1, 2005 | Onyx Classics

Pascal Rogé has finally begun his recording cycle of the complete Debussy piano works with this disc of the two books of preludes. As expected, it is as well done as one could hope. Rogé effortlessly shapes the music in these preludes, making them evocative and in some cases, giving them character. Les collines d'Anacapri are delightfully animated, La cathédrale engloutie has moments of breathtaking stillness, and Hommage à Samuel Pickwick is very humorously pompous. Yet for all the dimension that Rogé puts into these, which is picked up completely by the excellent sound, there is a consistency in the proportions and a reliability in his tone that tell you unmistakably that these are by Debussy. It's an auspicious start for Rogé and the new label Onyx. © TiVo
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Classical - Released February 1, 2007 | Onyx Classics

As beautiful a disc of Debussy's piano music as could be imagined, Pascal Rogé's second disc in his series of recordings of the master impressionist's piano music is as sublime as his first. Far more than his Debussy recordings for Decca from nearly 30 years earlier, Rogé's 2007 disc is intense, concentrated, and consistently inspired. His Estampes are amazingly evocative, his Children's Corner is incredibly affectionate, his Arabesques are charmingly insouciant, and his Suite Bergamasque is palpably sensuous. It goes without saying the Rogé's technique is up to the demands of the music -- his control of every aspect of piano playing is manifest in the elegance of every melody, in the balance of every harmony, and in the motion of every rhythm -- but unlike some of his contemporary countrymen. Rogé is far more a poet of the piano than a virtuoso of the keyboard and his performances breathe the air of the nights in Granada, glow with the radiant light of the moon, and dance with the swirl of the snow. Superbly recorded with lifelike fidelity for Onyx by the masterful Marijke de Villiers, this disc will please even those finicky Debussy fans who only approve of Michelangelo, Arrau or, in a pinch, Pollini. © TiVo
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Classical - Released August 30, 2013 | Celestial Harmonies