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Debussy: Piano Music, Volume III

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Pascal Roge

piano

Venue:

S Vincenzo, Eupilio, Como, Italy



Producer:

Marijke de Villiers


Paul Moseley

(Executive)

Engineer:

Jean-Claude Gaberel


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Total Time - 61:23
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CLAUDE DEBUSSY

(1862-1918)
   
 

Images

33:42  
  Série I  
1 I Reflets dans l'eau 5:43
2 II Hommage à Rameau 8:08
3 III Mouvement 3:18
  Série II  
4 I Cloches à travers les feuilles 5:15
5 II Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût 6:31
6 III Poissons d'or 4:27a
   
7 

L'isle joyeuse

6:31
   
8 

D'un cahier d'esquisses

5:04
   
 

Pour le Piano

13:53  
9 I Prélude 4:07
10 II Sarabande 5:26
11 III Toccata 4:20
   
12 

Berceuse Héroïque

5:04
   
13 

Pièce pour l'œuvre de vêtement du blessé (Page d'album)

1:29
   
14 

Danse (Tarantelle styrienne)

5:23
   
15 

Hommage à Haydn

2:24
   
16 

Rêverie

4:22


Third volume in Roge’s first complete Debussy cycle following the highly acclaimed Préludes (ONYX4004) and Vol II (ONYX4018)  for which reviews have been outstanding:" A superb disc "(Rob Cowan, Independent ***** Vol 1), Record of the Year (Stephen Pettit, Sunday Times, Vol 1),  **** Telerama (Vols 1 & 2), "A model of piano recording" (Daily Telegraph, Vol 2)
 
Pascal Rogé is today’s greatest ambassador and stylist in French piano music. Winner of two Gramophone Awards, his name is synonymous over many years with the finest in French piano playing, both in concert and on disc for Decca, and now in Debussy for ONYX
 
This third volume includes the two large sets of mature Images, the favourite suite  Pour le piano and some of the most well-known short pieces - in particular the perennial favourites Rêverie and L’Isle Joyeuse

"Rumor has it that a beautiful piano sound follows Pascal Rogé from recording session to recording session. However, it must have taken him a while to warm up when he set down Images Book I. Perhaps that explains why he gingerly broaches Reflets dans l’eau’s wide, rapid arpeggios, or why Mouvement comes off atypically dry and stiff-jointed. Furthermore, Rogé’s slow and stagnant Hommage à Rameau clocks in at a little more than eight record minutes.

The pianist proves less harmfully sedate in the Book II selections. L’Isle joyeuse’s Lisztian gestures do not sparkle and scintillate as they do elsewhere (Horowitz, Bavouzet, Ashkenazy, Gieseking). Pour le piano’s closing Toccata begins at a leisurely, eloquently controlled pace, only to grow heavier in texture and slower in speed as it progresses. Yet similar moderation in Danse allows Rogé the luxury of shaping the busy keyboard writing so that the syncopations speak rather than scramble. I enjoyed Rogé’s quirky, jazz-like phrasing in Hommage à Haydn; Bill Evans would have approved. As for the closing Réverie, it embodies the proverbial five "Ls": leisurely, lilting, liquid, lovely legato. In sum, Rogé/Debussy/Onyx’s Volume 3 is similar to Volumes 1 and 2: not consistently fine, but full of nice moments, and excellently recorded. "

Performance 7  - Sound 9

Jed Distler
 

ClassicsToday.com

"Pascal Rogé’s album arrived more or less in tandem [with Bavouzet] and a greater study in contrast in “composer and interpreter” would be hard to imagine. Where Bavouzet breaks out into blazing Mediterranean sunlight, Rogé (radically enriching his earlier Decca Debussy discs) is happy to withdraw into shadow-land. Time and again his playing suggests emotion recollected in tranquillity rather than turmoil; and in, say, “Hommage à Rameau” or the Sarabande from Pour le piano he discovers the mysterious, still centre of Debussy’s art. “Poissons d’or” is a marvellous distillation of indolence and flashing disruption, and “Mouvement” is a perky and vivacious rejoinder to all former introspection. And so too is the Toccata, played with unerring ease and grace, and with many ear-catching details.

To summarise, the ever-elusive truth lies somewhere between Rogé the dreamer, Bavouzet the sinewy but always musical athlete, Thibaudet, the teasing wit and sophisticate and, of course, the legendary Gieseking. You pays your money and you takes your choice; personally, I would never be without all four.
THE OBSERVER 30.3.08 - Stephen Pritchard
 
Pascal Roge’s interpretations of Ravel, Satie, Poulenc and Saint-Saens have placed him among the front rank of French pianists for many years and this, his third volume of a complete Debussy cycle, strengthens that further. His delicate, elegant playing in series one and two of ’Images’ and the suite ’Pour Le Piano’ could hardly be surpassed. Individual highlights in this fantastic volume include ’Berceuse Heroique’, Debussy’s unwarlike tribute to Belgium in the face of Germany’s advance in 1914, and the ever-popular ’Reverie’, played with ravishing sensuality."

Bryce Morrison

Gramophone - July 2008

"...The sound thourghout the recording is beautifully lively, yet warm enough to illuminate Roge’s consdierable scale of colours and insights. Recorded at the Salle de Musique, Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in November 2007, this is a Debussy trbute to rival any available."

Mark Tanner

International Record Review - May 2008



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