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Debussy: Complete Works for Solo Piano [Box set]

Paul Crossley Audio CD
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well... Jan. 18 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like Debussy, this is a great version of his piano works. Awesome pianist, awesome works.

I like debussy very deeply, it is like looking at Monet paintings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Singing Debussy June 2 2012
By apt2full - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Of all the Debussy piano recordings I've heard, these are the ones that most bring out the singing quality of the melodies.

Most critical Debussy piano discussions revolve around misty vs. distinct, but Crossley is most devoted to finding the song and bringing it out. How often are you tempted to hum out loud along with Debussy piano recordings?

The harmonies and textures here are warm and the engineering is close and enfolding.

Some have complained that Crossley's rhythms and tempi are eccentric. It is true that these are very personal, and not always tightly reflective of the score's instructions. But they are well within legitimate bounds of personal interpretation, and nowhere near as off-the-wall as, say, Garrick Ohlsson's Chopin box, which is genuinely weird and critically accepted.

I find myself returning to these Crossley Debussy recordings much more often than Tirimo's bargain release, which is clean, correct and sensitive, but much less addictive.

Crossley is highly recommended, and a steal at the price.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge the book by the cover Sept. 13 2012
By Kevin Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is Debussy playing of the highest order. Don't be fooled by the budget price or packaging; the recording quality is wonderful, and Paul Crossley is a supremely gifted musician and interpreter.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting New (re-)Release of Rare Debussy... Sept. 3 2012
By B.E.F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An Exciting New (re-)Release of Rare Debussy...
Admirable as the Debussy of Rogé, Arrau, Rév, Van Immerseel, Weissenberg, and Zimerman are (to name favourites), Paul Crossley's is yet perhaps more laudable still.

Crossley's studio performances were recorded at Snape Maltings in 1992 with Sony's 20-bit techne: the sound is superb.

Originally issued as single discs with charming 19th C Parisian photographs on the cover, this re-issue at a bargain price is invaluable for the realizations and content--a really complete set of Debussy's oeuvre pour le piano

Debussy: Complete Works For Solo Piano, Vol. 1
Debussy: Complete Works For Solo Piano, Vol. 2: Preludes, Book 2 / Estampes / Children's Corner
Debussy: Complete works for Solo Piano, Vol. 3 (12 Etudes, Masques, L'Isle joyeuse, D'un cahier d'esquisses)


And if the celestially sublime aesthetic Decadence of César Franck's musique pour piano is desired, Crossley's is the best. Full stop.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate, totally involving Debussy April 13 2013
By William Dodd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am up to my elbows in Debussy. I love Debussy. I wasn't sure that anyone could show me something different, but this low priced box made finding out very easy. The fine and detailed reviews above were very helpful as well. I'm very fond of Roge and Thibaudet in Debussy. Monique Haas is detailed and fine. And Gieseking... Many others. But these Crossley recordings are absolutely wonderful. Fluid brush strokes that transport me totally. Yes, his performances often take more time, but never drag. His fingers fly, the notes are distinct, but the lines are always smooth. Some sellers have this box for just over ten bucks. For the price of two people having lunch at Burger King, you can have a lifetime of exquisite Debussy pianisam.
**** The following has been added: Since I wrote the above I've purchased discs with Paul Crossley playing the music of Ravel, Poulenc, and Faure. All are quite fine, especially the Poulenc.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable technique, eccentric style June 9 2014
By Ricky H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Paul Crossley plays some of the best renditions of Debussy's works I've ever heard.

His phrasing can be eccentric, with some odd rhythms and minor elements significantly deviating from the original literature, but it elevates the pieces instead of detracting from them. He preserves the spirit of these pieces while making them singularly his.

I am very particular about pianists - especially pianists who play Debussy - and even some of the most-lauded recording pianists sound ham-handed or coldly surgical to me, in spite of hitting all the right keys. Not this gent, though.

Crossley is abundantly expressive, his rapid passages are clear and crisp, and his pianos and pianissimos make my heart ache with pleasure.

I realize this is all highly subjective, but if these impressions of mine appeal to you, I think you'll enjoy this collection.
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