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Debussy - Etude No. 11 "Pour les arpèges composés"

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  1. Francois de Larrard

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    Dear All,
    This is a new Etude, in continuation of my integral. This one is particularly lyrical and sensual. Debussy clearly tried to render the harp musical waves, writing ascending and descending long arpeggios, with exquisite harmonies. Thanks for listening and commenting,
     

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    Hi Francois,

    Bravo! I think yours is one of the finest renditions of the etude I've ever heard. I believe that given its complexities, this etude of Debussy would be on par with many of Liszt's etudes. You play wonderful turns of phrase, changes in dynamics, coloration, careful pedaling, voice leading, and emphasizing the melodic line. And the arpeggios? Silky smooth!

    The piano sound is very good too. May I ask which piano you prefer?

    David
     
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    François: I entirely agree with David. Your performance conveys perfectly the sense of mystery and disorientingly rapid changes of mood that one hears in much of Debussy's late work, and you achieve this by means of a precision which is admirable and entirely idiomatic. A wonderful performance, thank you. -- Jonathan.
     
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    Hello David and Jonathan,
    Thank you so much ! Your kind comments make me blush... I am now less confident with the last one (No.12) which is so hard to be played cleanly (with terrific jumps in oposite motions).
    To David: the piano is my grand (I have only one !), a S400B Yamaha (1.90m long). This used to be the top quality of the Yamaha range for this length. I understand they have now another series even better (while the S series is still produced). Very good and powerfull instrument. Its only defect, for my taste, deals with the bass range, which lacks depth. My preferred piano: as most pianists, Steinway & Sons D (from the German factory), but I like also diversity, and when I can access to good Bosendorfer, Bechstein, Baldwin (your mark, isn't it ?), Gotrian and also Yamaha, it always a great pleasure...
     
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    I second the above comments. cCleanly played, and with an appropriate sound and tonal palette.
     
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    Thanks Andrew! Regards,
     
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    Remark: sorry, David, I have deleted your last post here, because it contained only quotations without any text of yourself.
     
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    That´s a very fine rendition. I agree to the comments above at hundred percent! Debussy seems really to be "your thing", whereas Bach it´s more my one. ;)
    I think, you should upload this straight away! :)
     
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    Thanks Andreas. However, I don't see myself as Debussy's owner (as you shouldn't feel Bach's one ;)). They are univeral genius offered to all good will people. By the way, this is one very great thing with art in general: it is a treasure that is not vanishing when it is shared among millions of people. Not like earth resources, unfortunately (this was my philosophical moment)...
     
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    Hi Francois, the philosopher! ;)
    I truely had nothing in mind of you being an owner of Debussy or me of Bach. Of course, that would be nonsense. I just tried to express that you probably have a good affinity to Debussys style, probably a better or bigger one than I have and reverse I could have a bigger affinity to Bach than you. May be that´s a risky thesis, but I would like to make this case here.:cool:
     
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    Hi Francois,

    Your performance is truly balanced between the exotic and the familiar.
    The melodies are there, apparent and communicative with a crystal clear
    background of arpeggio work. The marcato staccato phrases are beautifully
    executed with subtle blocks of dynamics. The luminous tone and pacing are
    beautiful. The ending has a surprisingly elegant character.

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

    Kaila
     
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    Thanks Kaila ! By the way, I am advising to listen the other version of this beautiful Etude (probably my favourite among the 12) presently available on PS. Maybe better than mine... Regards,
     

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