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Claude Debussy: Préludes

Alexei Lubimov

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Préludes: Book 1  
1
Danseuses de Delphes. Lent et grave
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:16
2
Voiles. Modéré
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
4:00
3
Le vent dans la plaine. Animé
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:14
4
"Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir". Modéré
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:32
5
Les collines d'Anacapri. Très modéré
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:54
6
Des pas sur la neige. Triste et lent
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:53
7
Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest. Animé et tumultueux
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:26
8
La fille aux cheveux de lin. Très calme et doucement expressif
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:28
9
La sérénade interrompue. Modérément animé
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:49
10
La cathédrale engloutie. Profondément calme
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
6:09
11
La danse de Puck. Capricieux et léger
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:58
12
Minstrels. Modéré
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:25
Trois Nocturnes (Transcription pour 2 Pianos 4 mains par Maurice Ravel)  
13
Nuages
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov; Alexei Zuev
6:50
14
Fêtes
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov; Alexei Zuev
5:50
15
Sirènes
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov; Alexei Zuev
10:54
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Transcription pour Deux Pianos)  
16
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov; Alexei Zuev
8:49
Préludes: Book 2  
17
Brouillards. Modéré
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:54
18
Feuilles mortes. Lent et mélancolique
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:59
19
La puerta del vino. Mouvement de Habanera
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:28
20
Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses. Rapide et léger
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:12
21
Bruyères. Calme
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:09
22
"General Lavine" - excentric. Dans le style et le Mouvement d’un Cake-Walk
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:45
23
La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune. Lent
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
4:13
24
Ondine. Scherzando
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:11
25
Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq. P.P.M.P.C. Grave
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:36
26
Canope. Très calme et doucement triste
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
3:02
27
Les tierces alternées. Modérément animé
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
2:40
28
Feux d'artifice. Modérément animé
Claude Debussy; Alexei Lubimov
4:49
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:52:25
"Five Stars ... as an additional enticement, Lubimov is joined by Alexei Zuev in delicious performances of two rarely heard orchestral transcriptions, which are substantial and important works in their own right ... Lubimov’s imaginative responses to Debussy, captured wonderfully by ECM, are endlessly fascinating. There are a few exceptional recordings of the Préludes in which the enjoyment in exploring Debussy’s pianistic palette remains undimmed on each listening. Lubimov’s set joins that select company."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... ECM continues to astonish with its presence of sound: never too immediate and never too distant, rather always the perfect balance between the two; this is, certainly, one of the keys to this recital’s success ... (Lubimov's) performances sparkle, bringing new life to these much-played pieces. He proves that no matter how great the composer, no matter how many recordings and performances one may have heard of these pieces, there is always something else to hear in them. That is truly the mark of a great artist. "
- Fanfare

Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov remans faithful to Debussy's own specifications to perform the Préludes sans rigeur (without rigidity, smoothly) on this ECM release, highly praised for both the presentation of the music and the recording quality. The album also contains the Trois Nocturnes in Maurice Ravel’s two-piano transcription as well as a two-piano arrangement of Debussy’s seminal orchestral masterpiece, the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune which both spotlight second pianist Alexei Zuev.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded April 2011, Sint-Pieterskerk, Leut, Belgium
Tonmeister: Peter Laenger
Production coordination: Guido Gorna
Liner Photos: Peter Laenger, akg-images (24), Pierre Louÿs / akg-images (27)
Design: Sascha Kleis
Executive producer: Manfred Eicher

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