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Debussy: Early Piano Works

Debussy: Early Piano Works
Composer Claude Debussy
Artist Hubert Rutkowski piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number PCL0091
EAN code 5060385450260
Release June 2015

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About this release

This recording contains some of the most popular, endearing and affectionate piano works by Claude Debussy, early works, written while still under the influence of Chopin and French romantic symbolism. Included are the Suite Bergamasque (including the popular Clair de lune), the Ballade, Danse, the early set of Images, 2 Arabesques, Danse bohemienne, Nocturne, Reverie and others. Played on a gorgeous Erard grand piano of 1880, the period of composition, lending an authentic character to these beautiful performances, presenting the colours and sonorities Debussy had in mind. Polish pianist Hubert Rutkowski is a prizeholder of many international and national piano competitions, including the Main Prize of the Chopin Competition in Hannover (2007); distinction “Medalla per Unanimitat” at the 52nd International Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona (2006) amongst many others. He studied at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and later the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg in the class of professor Evgeni Koroliov. Since April 2010 he has served as a professor at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg as one of the youngest professors in this university. Since November 2011, Hubert Rutkowski has been leading also his piano class at the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Nocturne, L. 82
  2. Suite bergamasque, L. 75: I. Prélude
  3. Suite bergamasque, L. 75: II. Menuet
  4. Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune
  5. Suite bergamasque, L. 75: IV. Passepied
  6. Danse, L. 69
  7. Rêverie, L. 68
  8. 2 Arabeques, L. 66: I. Andantino con moto
  9. 2 Arabeques, L. 66: II. Allegretto scherzando
  10. Ballade, L. 70
  11. Danse bohémienne, L. 9
  12. Valse romantique, L. 71
  13. Images, L. 87: I. Lent
  14. Images, L. 87: II. Quelques aspects de “nous n’irons plus au bois”
  15. Images, L. 87: III. Dans le movement d’une “sarabande”
  16. Mazurka, L. 67