Monday, May 12, 2014

Claudio Arrau Plays Debussy

"Spellbinding" is the first adjective that comes to mind in trying to describe them. The sustained intensity of his atmospheric evocation holds you in a trance throughout the entire two and a quarter hours. It is difficult to believe that Arrau was already in his late seventies when making these recordings. Even listening blind, so to speak, I think you might guess the player's identity. In maturer years Arrau always favoured an unhurried tempo and a deeper, more reverberant sound-world than many of his renowned contemporaries. This, coupled with a very warm Philips recording, makes for a slightly less pellucid Debussy than we sometimes hear. But that accepted, this reissue never for a moment leaves you in any doubt as to his remarkable dynamic range and tonal palette, and the sheer beauty of sound he draws from his instrument at all times. Yes, I think just one or two pieces might have benefited from sharper-cut textures and rhythms, not forgetting ''Les tierces alternees'', ''Poissons d'or'' and ''La puerta del Vino''. But such a quibble is totally outweighed by the marvels that we're given, alike in the exuberance and virtuosity of ''Les Collines d'Anacapri'' and ''Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest'', the shapely architectural breadth of ''La Cathédrale engloutie'' and ''Hommage a Rameau'', the humour of ''La Sérénade interrompue'', the desolation of ''Des pas sur la neige'' and ''Feuilles mortes'', and the magical delicacy of colouring in ''Cloches à travers les feuilles'' and ''Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut'', to pick out just a few. And while making the music entirely his own, in all contexts he shows that same profound respect for the printed text in its every detailed expressive marking (and few composers were more generous with these than Debussy) that characterized his playing throughout his life.'
Joan Chissell, Gramophone, 2/1992

Source :

Claudio Arrau
Claude Debussy


Cd. 1

(Book I)

1 Danseuses de Delphes  3:15
2 Voiles  4:25
3 Le Vent dans la plaine  2:11
4 « Les Sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir »  3:52
5 Les Collines d’Anacapri  3:02
6 Des pas sur la neige  4:03
7 Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest  3:29
8 La Fille aux cheveux de lin  2:47
9 La Sérénade interrompue  2:57
10 La Cathédrale englouti  6:44
11 La Danse de Puck  3’29
12 Minstrels  2’19

(Book 1)

13 Reflets dans l’eau  5:23
14 Hommage à Rameau  7:31
15 Mouvement  3:24

16 Pagodes  5:04
17 Soirée dans Grenade  5:41
18 Jardins sous la pluie  4:06


Cd. 2

(Book II)

1 Brouillards  3:38
2 Feuilles mortes  3:55
3 La Puerta del Vino  3:36
4 « Les Fées sont d’exquises danseuses »  3:17
5. Bruyéres  2:59
6 General Lavine – eccentric  2’46
7 La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune  5:31
8 Ondine  3:31
9 Hommage à Samuel Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C  2:53
10 Canope  3’33
11 Les Tierces alternées  2:58
12 Feux d’artifice  4:46

(Book II)

13 Cloches à travers les feuilles  5:23
14 Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut  6:10
15 Poissons d’or  4:31


Claudio Arrau - p

Recorded at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland ; March 1979 (Préludes I, Images I & II) ; September 1979 (Préludes, II) ; & April 1980 (Estampes).


grasprelease said...

So many thanks for this! Arrau is brilliant. Cannot wait to hear this.

ita diegues said...

Thanks Melanchthon Debussy is simply beautiful.

jazzbear said...

Your classical posts are pure gems, and they really belong here. I love your taste in music, maybe because we share the same taste :)
Keep doing what you are doing so good, and thank you.

Sparrow said...

Dear Sir!
Could you, please, update the links for this!
It would be much, much appreciated!
Thanks in advance!

Baruch said...

Sparrow said...

Dear Baruch, thank you very much! You are a real friend!

Lou Vascek said...

Hauntingly beautiful !

Otis Foster said...

Many thanks/Otis Foster

rubberduck said...

MAny thanks

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xxx said...

Thank You!

H.K said...

thank you!

X75a said...

Always liked Debussy's compositions. Thanks for the post, Mel.

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias baruch

NatasyoS said...

Plz reupload!!!

Ehsan Kiani said...

It's a pity we can't get these files. They are expired. Please re-upload the old links with new zippyshare links. Thank you so much.