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The Sound of Debussy
Preludes Book 1 & 2

Joan Rowland - piano

SL 10087

Debussy was the ultimate colorist, and pianist Joan Rowland, in her complete performance of Debussy's preludes, realizes his palette with consummate pianism, from great sensitivity to color and nuance to pianistic fire.   Among the most evocative and poetic expressions for the piano, this music creates an atmosphere of intimate sensuality.   The beautiful recording was produced and engineered by Max Wilcox, the veteran who produced many celebrated recordings for RCA Red Seal, including those by pianist Artur Rubinstein.

Claude Debussy: Preludes Book 1
  1. Danseuses de Delphes (Delphic dancers) (3:20)
  2. Voiles (Sails) (3:16)
  3. Le vent dans la plaine (The wind in the plain) (2:03)
  4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du temps
      (Sounds and scents mingle in the evening air) (3:03)
  5. Les collines d' Anacapri (The hills of Anacapri) (3:04)
  6. Des pas sur la neige (Footsteps in the snow) (3:30)
  7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest (What the west wind has seen) (2:59)
  8. La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair) (2:29)
  9. La sérénade interrompue (The interrupted serenade) (2:27)
10. La cathédrale engloutie (The engulfed cathedral) (5:58)
11. La danse de Puck (Puck's dance) (2:35)
12. Minstrels (2:21)

Claude Debussy: Preludes Book 2
13. Brouillards (Mists) (2:46)
14. Feuilles mortes (Dead leaves) (2:43)
15. La Puerta del Vino
(A Moorish gateway of the Alhambra Palace in Grenada) (3:03)
16. Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses
      (The fairies are exquisite dancers) (3:04)
17. Bruyères (Heather) (2:52)
18. General Lavine- eccentric. (2:44)
19. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
      (The terrace for moonlight audiences) (4:06)
20. Ondine (2:49)
21. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P, M.P.C. (2:15)
22. Canope (2:48)
23. Les tierces alternées (Alternating thirds) (3:00)
24. Feux d'artifice (Fireworks) (4:04)


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