Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Debussy: Complete Works for Piano [Collector's Edition]

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Praised for his meticulous fidelity to the composer's intentions, as well as for his rich tonal palette and the warmth of his expressions, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has won many admirers for his five albums of the complete solo piano music of Claude Debussy. These recordings were produced by Chandos between 2007 and 2009, and they have now been gathered into a handsome box set; each disc is presented with its own cardboard sleeve and the original liner notes that accompanied each release. The roster of artists who have recorded Debussy's keyboard music is a long and distinguished one, though Bavouzet is easily ranked in the upper echelons, equal in stature among such luminaries as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Krystian Zimerman, Maurizio Pollini, Angela Hewitt, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and Pascal Rogé. Experienced listeners will already have favorite recordings of the Préludes, Images, Estampes, and Études, as well as the perennially popular Suite bergamasque, Children's Corner, and other picturesque pieces. However, many will be won over by the consistency of Bavouzet's playing, and newcomers will find that his disciplined yet gorgeous readings are a great way to begin appreciating these charming classics. Chandos provides excellent sound that gives the piano a clear presence yet takes nothing away from Bavouzet's atmospheric colors or the radiant acoustics. Highly recommended.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
24 Préludes, Book 1
1 2:56
2 3:37
3 2:00
4 3:01
5 2:56
6 4:21
7 3:16
8 2:25
9 2:50
10 6:08
11 2:54
12 2:27
24 Préludes, Book 2
13 3:02
14 3:18
15 3:26
16 2:39
17 2:49
18 2:42
19 4:45
20 3:14
21 2:39
22 2:59
23 2:32
24 4:25
25 2:13

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:43
Suite bergamasque
2 3:44
3 4:06
4 4:50
5 3:43
6 2:03
Deux Arabasques
7 4:04
8 3:13
9 4:22
10 3:02
Children's Corner
11 2:06
12 3:08
13 2:24
14 2:29
15 2:23
16 3:11
17 2:26
18 0:58
19 4:40
20 1:14
21 1:09
22 4:18
23 2:30

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Images First Series
1 5:04
2 6:08
3 3:17
Images Second Series
4 4:23
5 4:53
6 3:41
12 Études
7 3:06
8 3:39
9 4:54
10 4:00
11 2:43
12 1:38
13 2:10
14 5:03
15 3:05
16 5:41
17 3:55
12 Études
18 4:27
19 4:35

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Khamma
1 1:02
2 3:49
3 2:41
4 3:28
5 1:35
6 1:42
7 1:49
8 3:33
Jeux
9 2:05
10 1:01
11 1:14
12 1:14
13 2:09
14 2:07
15 1:40
16 1:34
17 3:04
18 0:48
La Boîte à joujoux
19 11:56
20 8:06
21 5:07
22 2:52
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