Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Debussy: Préludes

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Here are two well filled, sensitively rendered discs, the first volume in a complete traversal of Debussy's solo piano music. Robert Casadesus and Paul Jacobs have traveled this highway with acclaim, and Thibaudet makes his mark here now to impressive effect, as well. While his The Engulfed Cathedral may be a bit stiff and slow, his Arabesques sparkle, and most of the preludes are interpreted with insight and technical adroitness. London provides marvelous close-up sonics, not at odds with Debussy's idiom as some would claim. You get a third disc here, too, featuring Thibaudet discussing Debussy in four languages. A rewarding effort.

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