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Debussy: Preludes & Images - Piano Erard 1897 Import

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Debussy's music on a fortepiano? No, but the 1897 Erard used in this recording, a modern piano in most respects, has some significant differences from the Steinways and similar instruments most concert pianists play today. Jos Van Immerseel explains them clearly in his program notes, and even more clearly in his deliciously colorful performances. Debussy's subtle colorations come to life on this old instrument so lovingly played by an admirer, and the results do sound significantly different from other recordings of the music. This CD is highly recommended to Debussy lovers, even though it lacks two things: adequate playing time (only 54:00), and the sequels we would like to hear. --Leslie Gerber

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: No. 6, 'Des pas sur la neige'
  2. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: No. 7, 'Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest'
  3. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: No. 8, 'La fille aux cheveux de lin' (Girl With the Flaxen Hair)
  4. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: No. 9, 'La serenade interrompue'


Product Details

  • Performer: Jos Van Immerseel
  • Composer: Claude Debussy
  • Audio CD (July 1, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Channel Classics
  • ASIN: B000003UYA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Importance of Being HIPP...

Historically Informed Performance Practices (HIPP) seem to be regaining the interest of aficionados as HIPP artists have refurbished old instruments, built new instruments modelled on the old, and developed better techniques of HIPP instrumental articulation and recording--since the earlier days of HIPP in the 1980s when the poor sounds of both instruments and recordings were off-putting to many would-be enthusiasts.

One of the most innovative and talented current HIPP artists is Belgian Jos van Immerseel who found an immaculately preserved 1897 Érard baby grand with a sostenuto effect pedal mechanism which well corresponds the execution requirements of Debussy's morceaux wherein singing treble lines are featured over sustained bass notes.

Van Immerseel implements the Érard with a very light `finger-based' technique achieving moderate HIPP playing times when compared (for example) to the famous Prélude set of modernistic recordings issued by Krystian Zimerman.

The HIPP realizations of van Immerseel and others on these remarkable 19th Century instruments reveal a `time regained' sound-world of half-tints and tertiary colours bathed in a limpid luminosity of diffused clarity conjuring imagery of both the perversely odd Fin de Siècle and the benignly beauteous Belle Époque.

Experience:

César Franck: Harmonium 1850 Érard piano & 1865 Alexandre harmonium
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De preludes en images van Debussy worden prachtig gespeeld door Jos Van Immerseel op een instrument uit de tijd van Debussy. Absoluut de aankoop meer dan waard.
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