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 Post subject: Debussy - Arabesques - Suite Bergamasque
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:34 pm 
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Well this is not the most original repertoire choice ever... But like everybody else, these were my first encounters with Debussy and I've never stopped loving them and I have long wanted to record them. There is something about early Debussy, a freshness and innocent charm that I find hard to resist. We have very good recordings of all these on the site by Tom Pascale, but I think these are ok too, if maybe not quite as sleek as Tom's.

Debussy - Arabesque No.1 (4:37)
Debussy - Arabesque No.2 (3:56)

Debussy - Suite Bergamasque - 1: Prelude (4:55)
Debussy - Suite Bergamasque - 2: Menuet (5:14)
Debussy - Suite Bergamasque - 3: Clair de Lune (5:12)
Debussy - Suite Bergamasque - 4: Passepied (4:11)

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Arabesques - Suite Bergamasque
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:44 pm 
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I listened to the two arabesques, and have good things to say. Your phrasing is very controlled and the runs were not rushed.

The prelude could have used a little more rubato, but that's my opinion

The menuet sounds good, tempo is steady, the staccato somewhere after 1:00 is light which gave the piece a nice change in direction

claire de lune had nice rubato and contrast in dynamics, captures the nostalgic and 'lunar' mood :) This is one of my more favorite interpretations of this very popular piece

passpied has nice and light staccato and the triplets in the treble have a way of dancing on top of the bass which is a neat effect.

Nice set!

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Arabesques - Suite Bergamasque
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:57 am 
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hi, Chris!

this is a lovely Clair de Lune!
nuanced and beautifully played! the middle section hesitates a bit, but overall this is a convincing "multilayered" performance (the voices come in different layers, if that makes any sense).

congratulations!

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Arabesques - Suite Bergamasque
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:58 am 
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Thanks for the feedback guys !
I made liberal use of all three pedals in Clair de Lune. I think that greatly adds to the sonority. I'm piffed that the sostenuto pedal is a bit creaky at times - have to get the tuner to look at that next time.

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