Excellent Introduction to Debussy
Antonio Robert | Slovakia, Europe | 07/31/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Claude Debussy is an acquired taste even among regular classical music listeners, which also means he does not have many "greatest hits", a kind of Beethoven Ninth Symphony or Ravel's Bolero, pieces almost everyone knows.
That said, this NAXOS collection does not break from uniformity of being a very good sampler of a composer's most representative works for a bargain price. On this CD, orchestral works with their eerie, otherworldly quality (the opening La Mer movement is a great example) are interspersed with smaller piano works, for which the French impressionist composer is also known. Clair de Lune, as maybe Debussy's best known piece, cannot be left out (in orchestral version). The orchestral recordings are mostly done by the Belgian radio&TV, while solo pianos are played by Hungarians, including the great Jeno Jando."