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Debussy - Arabesques - Suite Bergamasque

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by techneut, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Well this is not the most original repertoire choice ever... But like everybody else, these were my first encounters with Debussy and I've never stopped loving them and I have long wanted to record them. There is something about early Debussy, a freshness and innocent charm that I find hard to resist. We have very good recordings of all these on the site by Tom Pascale, but I think these are ok too, if maybe not quite as sleek as Tom's.

    Debussy - Arabesque No.1 (4:37)
    Debussy - Arabesque No.2 (3:56)

    Debussy - Suite Bergamasque - 1: Prelude (4:55)
    Debussy - Suite Bergamasque - 2: Menuet (5:14)
    Debussy - Suite Bergamasque - 3: Clair de Lune (5:12)
    Debussy - Suite Bergamasque - 4: Passepied (4:11)
     
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    I listened to the two arabesques, and have good things to say. Your phrasing is very controlled and the runs were not rushed.

    The prelude could have used a little more rubato, but that's my opinion

    The menuet sounds good, tempo is steady, the staccato somewhere after 1:00 is light which gave the piece a nice change in direction

    claire de lune had nice rubato and contrast in dynamics, captures the nostalgic and 'lunar' mood :) This is one of my more favorite interpretations of this very popular piece

    passpied has nice and light staccato and the triplets in the treble have a way of dancing on top of the bass which is a neat effect.

    Nice set!
     
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    hi, Chris!

    this is a lovely Clair de Lune!
    nuanced and beautifully played! the middle section hesitates a bit, but overall this is a convincing "multilayered" performance (the voices come in different layers, if that makes any sense).

    congratulations!
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys !
    I made liberal use of all three pedals in Clair de Lune. I think that greatly adds to the sonority. I'm piffed that the sostenuto pedal is a bit creaky at times - have to get the tuner to look at that next time.
     

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