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DEBUSSY, C.: 4-Hand Piano Music - Petite Suite / Marche ecossaise / 6 Epigraphes antiques / Premiere Suite (Armengaud, Chauzu)

Composer(s):Debussy, Claude
Artist(s) Armengaud, Jean-Pierre, piano • Chauzu, Olivier, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.572979
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The recent discovery (2008) of the Première Suite d’orchestre for piano, four hands, is a large-scale, sonorous work which reveals Debussy’s interest in constantly evolving form. Derived in part from his incidental music for the Chansons de Bilitis, an evocation of poetic scenes from an ancient pagan world, Six Épigraphes antiques is a colourful work of considerable creative freedom. The Petite Suite includes such well-loved movements as En bateau and Cortège, while the Marche écossaise is heard on this recording in its rare first version.


Review By Phil Muse,Audio Video Club of Atlanta,June 2013

French pianists Armengaud and Chauzu…give colorful, invigorating performances of four choice works of Claude Debussy for [four-hand piano].

…the rich repertoire of four-hand piano music is well worth hearing for its own delightful sake.

In Petite Suite, ostinatos, washes of color, and deftly struck accents against the musical line add to the color and rhythmic excitement of the first and second movements…while Menuet rings with echoes of the 18th century and rhythms of a subtly Spanish flavor. The concluding movement, Ballet, is alive with a vigorous Waltz…bringing things to a scintillating conclusion.

The rousing and ingeniously varied Marche ecossaise…is likewise easy for the first-time listener to like.


Review By Christophe Huss,Le Devoir,May 2013

Un excellent apport de Naxos dans toute sa splendeur : répertoire précieux, interprètes compétents et aguerris, bonne prise de son. Un aperçu du menu vous dira rapidement l’intérêt de la parution : Petite suite, Marche écossaise (dans sa rare première version), Épigraphes antiques, 1re Suite d’orchestre. Si l’association entre Debussy et une Suite d’orchestre ne vous saute pas aux yeux, ne vous en voulez pas, car l’oeuvre n’a refait surface qu’en 2008 à la Pierpont Morgan Library de New York. Cette oeuvre de jeunesse (1882–1884, Debussy étant né en 1862) a réapparu sous deux formes : une version pour piano à quatre mains



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