The Complete Preludes

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The Complete Preludes
Steven Osborne (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 25 September 2006

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"Deeply satisfyng, glowing Préludes from this fine British pianist..A good recording of the Debussy Préludes should feel like an occasion, and Steven Osborne delivers. His playing seeps with atmosphere and he delves deep into the composer's sound world. There is throughout the sense of going on a journey, even awe, to Osborne's interpretations. Beautifully recorded, this is total-immersion Debussy."
(Editor's Choice Gramophone October 2006)

Steven Osborne has already made a name for himself in French music with a disc of Alkan and a profoundly moving performance of Messiaen's Vingt Regards. Here he reaches between those two to tackle one of the pinnacles of the piano repertoire - Debussy's two books of Préludes. These works have been central to Steven's repertoire for many years and he brings them to the studio after many public performances and much reflection. He has worked from the most up-todate Urtext edition which clarifies Debussy's thought in many places, particularly with regard to tempo relationships within La cathédrale engloutie and a missing bar in Les tierces alternées. In a crowded field Osborne need fear no comparisons: the pianism is exquisite and the interpretations are of a rare depth and subtlety - a recording to rival the very best!


Book I 1910 [40'17]
Danseuses de Delphes Lent et grave [3'05]
Voiles Modéré [3'38]
Le vent dans la plaine Animé [2'03]
«Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir» Modéré [3'18]
Les collines d'Anacapri Très modéré [2'59]
Des pas sur la neige Triste et lent [4'20]
Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest Animé et tumultueux [3'29]
La fille aux cheveux de lin Très calme et doucement expressif [2'24]
La sérénade interrompue Modérément animé [2'38]
La cathédrale engloutie Profondément calme [6'47]
La danse de Puck Capricieux et léger [2'49]
Minstrels Modéré [2'24]

Book II 1913 [37'25]
Brouillards Modéré [3'14]
Feuilles mortes Lent et mélancolique [2'41]
La Puerta del Vino Mouvement de Habanera [3'37]
Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses Rapide et léger [2'41]
Bruyères Calme [2'42]
«General Lavine»-excentric Dans le style et le Mouvement d'un Cake-Walk [2'42]
La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune Lent [4'21]
Ondine Scherzando [2'57]
Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C. Grave [2'09]
Canope Très calme et doucement triste [2'55]
Les tierces alternées Modérément animé [2'22]
Feux d'artifice Modérément animé [4'49]