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Debussy question

Discussion in 'classical' started by neil, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. neil

    neil Wish I could re member

    Can anyone recommend a really good recording (preferably vinyl) of Debussy's Suite Bergamasque? I'm after the Clair de lune piece.
  2. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    Go on spotify and listen to a bunch. It's a piece that's so over-played that there are millions of interpretations. Some are clean and simple ranging to gushingly romantic.

    Whatever version you go for, do listen to the rest of the suite. All great music and the last, Passepied is one of my favourites.


  3. neil

    neil Wish I could re member

    Nic, I've no means of listening to it other than through the laptop speaker which I'd say is unlikely to show any piece of music off at its best.

    Thanks anyway
  4. julesd68

    julesd68 pfm Member

    My Penguin Stereo Record guide recommends the Ansermet recording - Decca SPA 231. It's an anthology of some of Debussy's most popular works ..
  5. lennyw

    lennyw Still throwing Eephus pitches

    For Debussy I'd check out the following pianists: Gieseking, Michelangeli (not sure he did CdL), Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Pascal Roge, Zoltan Kocsis. Not sure how many of those were released on LP though (Gieseking certainly).
    As Ansermet was a conductor, I fear this might be an orchestral transcription.
  6. julesd68

    julesd68 pfm Member

    sorry guys - didn't put my brain in gear before posting!

    Try HMV HQS 1262 with Daniel Adni - they call it "an outstanding collection in every way".
  7. neil

    neil Wish I could re member

    Cheers folks
  8. PsB

    PsB Citizen of Nowhere™

    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's version on Chandos is absolutely superb, best I've heard. CD not LP but the recording/sound quality is excellent.
  9. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    Disagree. You could pop a pair of headphones in and get perfectly acceptable sound for making comparisons between recordings. TBH if you're after vinyl your choices are more limited but some of the recommendations above seem sensible. Oddly I don't own a copy of the Bergamasque - but then I can play it myself ;)
  10. neil

    neil Wish I could re member

    Now you are just inciting my envy. I really wish I could play a musical instrument
  11. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    Any luck with this so far, Neil?
  12. mudlark

    mudlark nearly half a clue


    Nic, put that axe down!
  13. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    OK Mike...as you're expecting it:


    Actually I got introduced to Reverie with his version and thought it was lovely. So there. ;)

    Let me know when you're changing that Beemer. x
  14. neil

    neil Wish I could re member

    Playing an instrument ? No :D

    Got some good leads as to what to look for though! Already been doing some searching online and will be taking a look around the local shops.
  15. mudlark

    mudlark nearly half a clue

    It will go when it falls apart. I can't afford a new one, unfortunately.
  16. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    I'll keep a lookout for vinyl versions too.
  17. neil

    neil Wish I could re member

    Thanks to all those for advice. Found a copy of the Adni version on eBay and bought it today. Just got to wait for it to turn up now!
  18. billo

    billo pfm Member

    Happy birthday,Debussy 150 today! I'm sure Radio 3 will have some tribute

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