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Debussy
Préludes [selections from Books I & II]
Jorge Bolet (piano)

Recorded (for Decca) September 1989 in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
CD No: NEWTON CLASSICS 8802026
Duration: 60 minutes
Reviewed: October 2010
Jorge Bolet chooses sixteen from Debussy’s 24 Préludes, including the first and last, and brings each one alive, running the gamut from hypnotic to brightly edgy – through old-world flexibility Bolet brings-out the fantasy-narrative inherent in the pieces. ‘The Girl with Flaxen Hair’ is a winsome creature, ‘The Engulfed Cathedral’ an underwater leviathan towering to majesty, and ‘Fireworks’ a dazzling light-show.

 

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