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CHAN 10467

Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Volume 3

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2008

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2007


Jean-Efflam Bavouzet



Potton Hall Studio, Westleton, Suffolk


Ralph Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Paul Quilter


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Total Time - 71:45
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Nocturne (1892)

  pour piano  
  Lent - Animez peu à peu - A tempo - En retenant -  

Suite bergamasque (1890/1905)

2 Prélude. Moderato (tempo rubato) 3:44
3 Menuet. Andantino 4:06
4 Clair de Lune. Andante très expressif - Tempo rubato - 4:50
5 Passepied. Allegretto ma non troppo - [ ] - Tempo I 3:43

Danse bohémienne (1880)

  Allegro - Più mosso - Tempo I - Meno mosso  

Deux Arabesques (1890-91)

  piano solo  
7 Première Arabesque. Andantino con moto - Poco mosso - 4:04
8 Deuxième Arabesque. Allegretto scherzando - Meno mosso - 3:13

Rêverie (c. 1890)

  pour le piano  
  Andantino sans lenteur - [ ] - Tempo I  

Mazurka (c. 1890)

  pour le piano  
  Scherzando (Assez animé) - Tempo rubato - A tempo I -  

Children's Corner (1906-08)

  À ma chère petite Chouchou avec les tendres excuses de son Père pour ce qui va suivre  
11 I Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum. Modérément animé - [ ] - 2:06
12 II Jumbo's Lullaby. Assez modéré - Un peu plus mouvementé - 3:08
13 III Serenade for the Doll. Allegretto ma non troppo - 2:24
14 IV The snow is dancing. Modérément animé 2:29
15 V The little Shepherd. Très modéré 2:23
16 VI Golliwogg's cake walk. Allegro giusto - Un peu moins vite - 3:11

Hommage à Haydn (1909)

  Pièce écrite pour le centenaire de Haydn  
  pour piano  
  Mouvement de Valse lente - Vif - Peu à peu animé -  

Morceau de concours (1904)

  pour piano  
  Assez animé et très rythmé  

La plus que lent (1910)

  piano solo  
  Lent (Molto rubato con morbidezza) - Animé un peu -  

The little Nigar (1909)

  (Cake Walk)  
  Allegro giusto  

Page d'Album (1915)

  (Pour l'œuvre du 'Vêtement du Blessé')  
  piano solo  
  Modéré - Un peu animé - Rubato - Mouvement retenu -  

Berceuse héroïque (1914)

  pour rendre Hommage à S.M. le Roi Albert I de Belgique et è ses Soldats  
  Modéré (sans lenteur) - [ ] - En animant et en augmentant -  

Élégie (1915)

  pour piano  
  Lent et douloureux - Un poco mosso - Poco rallentando -  
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet here offers the third volume in his series devoted to the complete works for piano by Debussy.

The music now moves to a more playful strand in Debussy’s compositional career with generally shorter pieces of the salon genre.

The music now moves to a more playful strand in Debussy’s compositional career, with generally shorter pieces of the salon genre, including the two famous collections Children’s Corner and Suite bergamasque. In addition to these well-known works are several that are more rarely heard. Two such are La plus que lente, which seems to look ahead to the Études of 1915, and Élégie. Roger Nichols describes the former as ‘one of his most delightful pieces… the harmonic turns are particularly sophisticated and enchanting’. The Élégie was written in 1915 following the composer’s move to the coast. The outbreak of the First World War had initially depressed Debussy into a state of creative sterility but the move was to prove most productive. The Élégie was written for a charity and, dedicated to Queen Alexandra, honours the role of women in wartime. It is now rarely performed but Roger Nichols writes, ‘it is one of the composer’s most extraordinary works… and we are left wondering what on earth Debussy would have written in the 1920s and beyond’.

Bavouzet’s previous two volumes have been very well received both critically and commercially. In a recent review of volume two the LA Times wrote, ‘In what may turn out to be the greatest complete recorded survey of the composer’s piano music yet, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet… plays with such bracing clarity that hearing the early Romantic pieces, one feels like jumping into an icy pond after an hour in the sauna’. Of the same volume International Record Review has noted, ‘I had the highest praise for Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s first volume of Debussy, and the present disc is fully the equal of that one in terms of colour, refinement of touch, spontaneity and technical finish… Bavouzet has written that his Debussy playing has been influenced by that of Gieseking,

Michelangeli and Richter. You may hear something of each of these pianists in his playing but more than that you will hear his own distinctive and special voice’. This series is a deeply personal project for Bavouzet who has been involved in all aspects of the recording process.

                      Choc de l’année 2008

Monde de la Musique Magazine

Review for the  Debussy series  CHAN 10421, 10467, 10443, 10497 & 10545
"...Debussy playing does not come any better than this, and anyone starting to collect this excellent Chandos series need not really look any further. The CDs are available separately each in turn was given a ’Gramophone Award..."

The Pengiun Guide – 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

… this penultimate volume featuring a masterly account of Suite Bergamasque and one of the finest Children’s Corners ever recorded
The Pianist

                Best Instrumental Recording 2009

"He has also reached his third offering and this delightful disc places Debussy’s two most modest cycles within a broadly chronological sequence of pieces spanning the composer’s career. As such it would make an excellent introduction both to the essentials of Debussy’s piano writing and the extraordinary evolution in style. Bavouzet is an engaging guide on this journey."

BBC Music Magazine

Regardless of style or pianistic requirements, Bavouzet is equally in charge of all dimensions of Debussy’s music. His acute sense of proportion covers both the rhythmic and dynamic spheres; in the Arabesque No. 1, for example, his subtle rubato shapes the flow of the piece most affectionately without ever becoming mannered. He adopts a different approach for the early danse bohémienne and Mazurka, delivering both with crisp vitality and winsome charm.
International Record Review

Popular Debussy rubs shoulders with the unfamiliar in refined, intimate and richly rewarding readings.
Classic FM Magazine

This third volume confirms Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s winning affinity for Debussy’s music.
The Telegraph

Once more he turns the conventional notions of ‘impressionism’ topsy-turvy, cleansing Debussy of years of dust and accretion and recreating him in every bar in a sparkling and pristine light. Fiercely energised yet superfine, his performances are not for those woth comfortable drawing-room notions of Debussy, and rarely in my experience has a pianist so faultlessly or precisely achieved his aims.

One would expect a work like Claire de Lune to be just about perfect in the hands of such a skilled and sensitive pianist, but for him to give the same attention to the other three less familiar movements of the Suite Bergamasque places this performance among the best one could ever hope for. The same holds true for Children’s Corner, most definitely on a par with my favourite old Michelangeli recording
American Record Guide

B Curle

R Sekiguchi