The finesse that Steven Osborne infallibly brings to his playing pays winning dividends on this recording of the two books of Debussys Préludes Daily Telegraph

Debussy: The Complete Preludes

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) | Duration: 77'50
Hyperion Records CDA67530

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A good recording of the Debussy Préludes should feel like an occasion, and Steven Osborne delivers. His playing seeps with atmosphere and he delves deep into the composer’s sound world. There is throughout the sense of going on a journey, even awe, to Osborne’s interpretations. Beautifully recorded, this is total-immersion Debussy
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This CD confirms what has been increasingly apparent from Osbornes recitals: he is one of the outstanding keyboard talents of our time. Osborne plays with a maturity that sets him apart from most of his contemporaries bringing to the two books of préludes a quality of touch, texture and colour that lets the musics scene and story-telling speak for itself without blurring. From the very first note you feel he has Debussys entire sound-world in his grasp
The Financial Times

Steven Osbornes accounts of both books of Debussys Préludes are as cultivated and refined as one might expect from this hugely talented young pianist. The shifting layers of Voiles, the introspection of Feuilles Mortes, the terraces of sound in La Cathédrale Engloutie and Canopes are full of carefully observed detail, so that every harmonic nuance is perfectly rendered
The Guardian

His playing has the same luminous precision as the Seurat painting Beach at Bas Butin on the booklet cover. Just as the painter [turns his] Divisionist dots into shimmering pictures, so Osborne uses Debussys immaculately etched notes to do the same. It offers the rare pleasure that can be given only by someone who knows exactly what he is doing
International Record Review

Osbornes Debussy has much to commend it. He is a sensitive tone-colourist and... one immediately senses that one is in the presence of a poet... this playing is alive with personality and zest... Osborne has the measure of this music
International Piano

Its clear that this beautifully engineered release has few serious catalog rivals and easily ranks first among modern versions that fit both books of Debussys Preludes onto a single disc. A triumph!
ClassicsToday.com

The only word one can use to secure pinpoint accuracy in any assessment of Steven Osbornes wonderful new recording of Debussys two books of Préludes for piano is magisterial. It is freshly-minted and mind-opening, not least in the most intelligent and lucid performances of Les collines dAnacapri I have ever heard
The Glasgow Herald

One of the most memorable discs of the year...Osborne has the full measure of the music in this gloriously playes and beautifully recorded disc. His readings of the 24 pieces exude authority and empathy in equal measure, and he finds a wonderful range and dept of tonal colour and texture in the music, delivered with just the right touch and expression. Sensitive and lucid, this is a magnificent achievement to add to the pianists already substantial reputation
Inverness Courier

Le miracle de la version de Steven Osborne est en quelque sorte d'unir les magiciens du son et les rigoristes. Immédiatement, son interprétation nous plonge dans des mondes sonores quasiment oubliés depuis Zimerman. Il y a parfois des choses que lon narrive tout simplement pas à croire. J'en suis à cinq écoutes et je n'en reviens toujours pas...
ClassicsTodayFrance.com




Debussy: The Complete Preludes
  • Preludes book 1
     

  • Danseuses de Delphes
     

  • Voiles
     

  • Le vent dans la plaine
     

  • «Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir»
     

  • Les collines d’Anacapri
     

  • Des pas sur la neige
     

  • Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest
     

  • La fille aux cheveux de lin
     

  • La sérénade interrompue
     

  • La cathédrale engloutie
     

  • La danse de Puck
     

  • Minstrels
     

  • Preludes book 2
     

  • Brouillards
     

  • Feuilles mortes
      

  • La Puerta del Vino
     

  • Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses
      

  • Bruyères
     

  • «General Lavine»—excentric
     

  • La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
     

  • Ondine
     

  • Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C.
      

  • Canope
     

  • Les tierces alternées
     

  • Feux d’artifice
      

 
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