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Debussy: Images / Arabesques / L'Isle Joyeuse


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  • Audio CD (April 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000E3VI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Choma on February 7, 2007
He is one of the great pianist of our time and this is one of the best Debussy collection available. This is piano playing and musical interpretation of the highest order. I can name only three other pianists who can share this mantle in these works - Walter Gieseking, who was the first great Debussy master,Charles Rosen who penetrated this music to its essence and Jean-Philippe Collard whose unerring touch reveals the soul of this great piano music. Of course others have recorded superlative efforts but in small portions like Sviatoslav Richter,Krystian Zimerman,Van Cliburn,Ivan Moravec,Youri Egorov, and Maurizio Pollini. However, in these keyboard masterpieces, Zoltan Kocsis is the current grand master who you cannot fail to appreciate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Jack on July 16, 2012
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OK...If you are a lover of impressionist/romantic era music that ill-defines Debussy contribution, you owe it to yourself to get this album of Zoltan Kocsis playing Debussy. It is masterful, especially Images 1 and II. Although there were several places in the album that I disagree with Zoltan's interpretation of the piece -- one part in L'Isle Joyeuse comes to mind that he slows down like way too much -- it is, by far, my FAVORITE Debussy album and the ONLY one I've purchased 3 times.

I study Zoltan's renditions repeatedly and, at times, play to them. I never tire of hearing them. This CD has inspired me to take on and attempt to master some of Debussy's most challenging masterpieces for solo piano. Guess that's why I am on my third CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 24, 2013
This disc, well recorded in 1988, focusses on the two sets of Images from 1904/5 and 1907 followed by a selection of single short pieces. The contents of the disc is explained in some detail by Kocsis himself in the sleeve notes which are unusually informative. Kocsis regularly writes his own sleeve notes and this disc makes the natural companion to his other Debussy recital which includes the Suite Bergamasque, Estampes and the earlier Images (oubliees).

The current disc starts with the two sets of Images, the second being more focussed on atmosphere. The two Arabesques are included and are an early indication of Debussy's future style of writing. D'un cahier d'esquisses from 1903 is significant as this was the first time Debussy made use of three staves instead of the usual two. 'L'isle joyeuse' has the distinction of being Debussy's longest individual piano composition and is also the most frequently performed according to Kocsis.

Kocsis points out the almost orchestral extension in some of the piano textures and, in this recital, the chosen examples are Hommage a Rameau, Mouvement, Poissons d'or and Hommage a Joseph Haydn. The remaining three pieces are the early Reverie and the late Page d'album and Berceuse heroique.

This is a compelling disc of superb playing and I would suggest that it would be well worth adding to any collection of Debussy piano music even if it entails a degree of duplication.
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