Debussy: Piano Music

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Debussy: Piano Music
Steven Osborne (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 29 September 2017

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Steven Osborne's unerring command of the elusive ambiguities of Debussy's piano-writing has already been amply confirmed by his earlier recording of the two books of Préludes; these lustrous new accounts of the Images, Estampes and Children's Corner are every bit their equal.

"In this substantial album of Debussy's piano music, Steven Osborne has produced a recording that at its finest is truly mesmerising. His selection of music ranges through the heartlands of the composer's overtly pictorial works, brought to life with some extremely classy playing, aided by excellent recorded sound...Some of the disc's finest moments, though, occur in the spare perfectionism of Children's Corner: here Osborne's phrasing is pure and poetic, as well as raptly atmospheric in 'The snow is dancing'. And it finishes with a deliciously louche cake-walk." BBC Music Magazine, October 2017 ****

"The frequently elusive qualities of Debussy's alluring musical palette are beautifully revealed by Steven Osborne. This is one of the finest recital albums I have heard for some time." MusiucWeb Oct 2017


1 Masques L110 [4'50]
2 ...D'un cahier d'esquisses L112 [4'54]
3 L'isle joyeuse L109 [5'59]

Images I L105 [14'44]
4 Reflets dans l'eau [5'16]
5 Hommage à Rameau [6'09]
6 Mouvement [3'19]

Images II L120 [13'16]
7 Cloches à travers les feuilles [3'55]
8 Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut [6'04]
9 Poissons d'or [3'17]

Estampes L108 [13'45]
10 Pagodes [4'47]
11 La soirée dans Grenade [5'34]
12 Jardins sous la pluie [3'24]

Children's Corner L119 [15'45]
13 Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum [2'21]
14 Jimbo's lullaby [3'15]
15 Serenade for the doll [2'23]
16 The snow is dancing [2'34]
17 The little shepherd [2'21]
18 Golliwogg's cake-walk [2'51]