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Product Details

  • Performer: Claude Debussy, Krystian Zimerman
  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GGL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
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Not a lot of people know that Debussy had a reputation for being a "barbaric" pianist during his conservatory days. What a contrast to the hazy impressionist we usually like to see him (and play him) as. And now here we have Zimerman strongly characterizing each prelude with an almost "barbaric" force (or should I say "vividness"?) when called for. One could almost say that he overcharacterizes, but that is a good fault! For once, these preludes are not overpedalled -- thus clarifying many textures (such as the opening of "Fireworks"). My only reservation is the fact that Zimerman does not take into account the idosyncratic meter/tempo changes in "The Sunken Cathedral." What a pity -- this set would've been perfect otherwise. But I certainly don't care. I'll play "The Sunken Catheral" to myself, but for the rest, Zimerman is just incomparable. This is a prime example of virtuosity serving the music, and not the other way around.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2002
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There are very few "pure piano" CDs that I feel as strongly about as this one. Zimermann brings out the colors and variations of this instrument like hardly anybody else. This is a spacy, at times exotic recording, painting a picture of post romantic modern romanticism like no one else before or since. Forget Pollini, forget Perahia, forget Argerich, forget Bronfman; all great artists in their own, don't get me wrong; and take this one and see the clarity and the transparency, the punctuation and the timbres, of, say, the "Danceuses de Delphes" or "Le Vent dans la Pleine", and enjoy and dream and breathe...
More art than artistry, exactly how I feel a Debussy should be. No haste, only the music itself! It's not a showpiece in terms of virtuosity, but like "La Mer", it has a life on its own and Zimermann lets it shine as such!
Exceptional.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Confuzacat on October 25, 2007
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Debussy is my favorite composer and my music collection is home to multiple versions of every one of his important works. This recording was not welcome there for long. While many have found great pleasure in Zimerman's traversal of the preludes (Gramophone magazine placed it in its "100 greatest recordings of all time" edition) I was not at all pleased with the harsh sound of the DG recording, which robs the music of whatever charm Zimerman may have to offer, and I have since unburdened myself of this expensive set with absolutely no regrets. I know other Debussy lovers who had a similar reaction. To quote the more reliable Penguin Guide: "There is more than a hint of hardness in climaxes...some may find the level of intensity too much to live with." If you must find out for yourself, be sure to go for one of the used copies available for nearly 20 dollars less than the new ones, because there is a strong possibility that your reaction may not differ much from mine and my Debussy loving friends.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Edwin J. Firmage on October 31, 2005
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Everything Zimerman does is worth a hearing and is better by a ways than most of what's out there. His Chopin is especially good. But in the case of Debussy (and Chopin too, for that matter--see my reviews of Moravec's recordings), there's something better. The best recordings of Debussy around are those of Zoltan Kocsis, of which there are three (in order of their appearance): Suite Bergamesque*Pour le piano*Estampes*Images (oubliees) on Philips 412 118-2 released when Kocsis was just a babe in arms but what a babe!; Images*Arabesques*L'isle joyeuse on Philips 422 404-2; Preludes*Children's Corner Suite on Philips 456 568-2 a two-disc set. These are absolutely brilliant recordings, flawlessly performed and recorded. Sadly, they're not listed on Amazon, so do your local record store a favor and get them there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 14, 2013
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This award winning set from 1991 will not be to everyone's tastes. The recording and the playing are perfectly suited to each other being exceptionally clear and precise and with wide dynamic range.

The playing on this pair of discs is, as mentioned above, exceptionally clear and precise and came as quite shock to me when I bought it some 20 years ago. Everything is laid out for inspection without the slightest hint of softness or textural shading. It is like going into a room with all the main lights on rather than finding the room lit by numerous lamps on tables and other furniture. There are no subtleties of nuance attempted in the normal way allowing for shadows and half-lights metaphorically.

In addition, the dynamic range is wide with the fortissimos verging on the aggressive. The winds in 'le vent dans la plaine' (no. 3) or 'Ce que a vu le vent d'ouest' (no. 7) for example might as well feature thunderstorms at times of greatest impact. Throughout both discs one is made very much aware that the piano is a percussion instrument with considerable percussive powers. Speeds are are also tackled in the same way.

In Zimerman's defence I would suggest that Debussy himself may have given the lead as regards such a strong approach to the wide dynamic and tempi range. For example, his own guidelines as regards the performance of 'La puerto del vino' from the second book is that is to be played 'with brusque oppositions of extreme violence and passionate tenderness.' It is most unlikely that any composer suggesting such playing anywhere within a set would consider it as an isolated incidence of such an approach. It is more likely to be indicative of a general and overall approach to interpreting the whole set.
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