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Re: Debussy's Corner
« Reply #660 on: August 23, 2021, 06:22:36 PM »
Thank you, John. Precisely, yesterday I gave them a listen and my perception of them is different now. It's good when you don't give up trying music that you didn't consider appealing initially.

Unless it’s Stockhausen, because then we can just go ahead and throw it in the garbage. :P
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« Reply #661 on: August 23, 2021, 06:47:13 PM »
Unless it’s Stockhausen, because then we can just go ahead and throw it in the garbage. :P

I can't argue with that.  :D
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Re: Debussy's Corner
« Reply #663 on: August 24, 2021, 01:48:42 AM »
I haven't quite finished my chronological exploration of all the Debussy I can lay my hands on, but my sweet spot seems to be a bit earlier than the Preludes (though I do generally like them). I find myself responding to the trios of piano pieces (like Pour le Piano, Estampes or each set of Images), and a lot of the Verlaine songs, and Nocturnes for orchestra.

I think it's rather difficult to nail one thing down as a 'magnum opus', unless you go for Pelleas in part because it was rare for Debussy to complete something on that scale?

Don't mind me, random incoherent thoughts here. It's an interesting question. I guess I feel as if having a magnum opus is the kind of grand Germanic gesture that Debussy wouldn't go in for.  :laugh:
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« Reply #664 on: August 24, 2021, 02:42:22 AM »
Thank you, John. Precisely, yesterday I gave them a listen and my perception of them is different now. It's good when you don't give up trying music that you didn't consider appealing initially.
Delighted to hear that you revisited Les Préludes and enjoyed them!  :)  Whose recordings of them did you listen to by the way?

A couple favorite pieces from the two books that I particularly love:  La Fille aux Cheuveux de lin and La Cathédrale Engloutie.  Did any ones in particular strike you SA?

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« Reply #665 on: August 24, 2021, 04:56:29 PM »
Delighted to hear that you revisited Les Préludes and enjoyed them!  :)  Whose recordings of them did you listen to by the way?

A couple favorite pieces from the two books that I particularly love:  La Fille aux Cheuveux de lin and La Cathédrale Engloutie.  Did any ones in particular strike you SA?

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I gave the Chandos recording with Bavouzet a listen. I liked these ones the most (from book I): Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir, Minstrels, Voiles and La cathédrale engloutie.
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Re: Debussy's Corner
« Reply #666 on: August 24, 2021, 05:12:59 PM »
I gave the Chandos recording with Bavouzet a listen. I liked these ones the most (from book I): Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir, Minstrels, Voiles and La cathédrale engloutie.

Yes, the Book II is a bit more prickly isn’t it? But I do enjoy it but like many I prefer Book I only because I think this is Debussy at his picturesque best.
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Re: Debussy's Corner
« Reply #667 on: August 24, 2021, 08:38:55 PM »
La cathédrale engloutie is just extraordinary.
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