Debussy

Hues and Shades (recital) (Orchid Classics)

A sophisticated delight, full of subtle musicianship and expertly recorded [GPu]

Artur Rodziński (conductor): The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Sony Classical)

Sony’s second Rodziński box fills a significant gap from his Cleveland years [JH]

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Claudio Arrau (piano) The Early Years (Marston)

(Déjà Review) No Arrau admirer would want to be without it [JW]

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Phases (Musica Solis)

Impeccably performed easy-listening entertainment in the best sense of those words, but the playing time could have been more generous [GF]

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Mer(s) (Appassionato)

Well-played performances hampered by a claustrophobic recording [NB]

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Belcea Quartet – Debussy, Dutilleux and Ravel (Warner Classics)

This disc represents the flowering of talent of an ensemble that, if they continue on their present well-chosen path, will achieve great things [CC]

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Andrea Bacchetti (piano): In Concert (Monarda Music)

More than just a souvenir of a fine recital [DC]

Debussy: Études (Hyperion)

Performances with technical agility and remarkable interpretative skills [JF]

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Poulenc, Milhaud, Debussy: Music for two pianos (Orchid Classics)

Great music, wonderfully played, in perfect recording [GPJ]

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Irrberge (Dux)

An interesting concept, though how much this really adds to the performances, I am not sure [MBu]

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Déjà-rêvé – Dialogues across time (Audite)

Klavierduo Neeb debuts in attractive disc of two-piano works, with an assist from percussion friends [JH]

Debussy: C’est l’extase, La mer (Alpha Classics)

The orchestrated Verlaine songs are delightful, La mer merely decent [SB]

Estrellita (Orchid Classics)

The album works equally well for close listening and as agreeable background music late at night [GF]

Debussy: Night in Granada (Cala)

(Déjà Review) An important addition to the Debussy discography [IL]

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Works for Cello & Piano (LAWO Classics)

An attractive programme, expertly performed [RWe]

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Ataúlfo Argenta (conductor) (Decca)

Two LPs’ worth of Argenta’s legendary performances in classic Decca sound [PSe]

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Ek-Stasis (Divine Art)

A splendid exploration of music set against the background of Classical mythology [JF]

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Kathleen Long (piano) The Decca Solo Recordings 1941-1945 (APR)

A well deserved release for this supremely gifted but neglected pianist [RCh]

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Debussy: Piano Music Vol. 1 (BIS)

(Déjà Review) The unique sound-world of Debussy is delivered with the utmost conviction [TB]

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Kathleen Long (piano) The Decca Solo Recordings 1941-1945 (APR)

Refined inscriptions, lovingly restored [SG]

Debussy: Orchestral Works (Eloquence)

(Déjà Review) A delightful Debussy collection, excellently performed [MC]

Debussy: Preludes I & II (Onyx)

(Déjà Review) A subtle and experienced advocate in the piano music of his homeland [TH]

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Voyages (Signum Classics)

A fascinating journey through Baudelaire’s and Goethe’s poetic landscapes [GF]

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R Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (LSO Live)

A patchy Zarathustra and a good Jeux, but you’ll find better performances of both elsewhere [ST]