Friedrich Gulda Claude Debussy 24 Preludes 180g LP
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180g Virgin Vinyl! Analogue Remastering (AAA)!
Pressed at Optimal Media GmbH in Germany!
Pianist Friedrich Gulda performs 24 Preludes by Claude Debussy.
The 24 Préludes represent what must be the best known cycle of pieces by the
Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. The compositions are alive with magic,
poetry and depiction in sound. No pianist can approach the demands of their
composer more closely than Friedrich Gulda; Debussy’s instruction “to breathe
with the pedal” is something that Gulda, alone among pianists, has mastered to
perfection. The pianist’s instinctive sense of touch draws from the works of
Debussy just what the composer wished: loud sections are thundered forth, while
pianissimo passages sound so intimate and close at hand that one’s own heartbeat
sounds like the summons of an imperious drum. To do justice to this perfection,
the recording is also released in full-spectrum sound quality. Gulda, rebel
among pianists, was a great admirer of Debussy’s music. As early as the 1940s,
he proved with his recordings of “L’isle joyeuse” and “Reflets dans l’eau” his
infallible sense of the composer’s music. The pianist immersed himself in the
depths of Debussy’s harmonies, taking his extended harmonic structure as the
basis of improvisation in jazz. And there is an audible affinity in the
harmonies of Gulda’s own composition “The Air from other Planets”. This
intensive engagement with jazz on the one hand and with the works of Claude
Debussy on the other fertilized Gulda’s creative powers to an equal extent,
enriching his interpretation of the Préludes with regard to rhythm in particular
and giving benchmark status to this recording.
• 180g Virgin Vinyl
• Analogue remastering (AAA)
• Pressed at Optimal Media GmbH in Germany
Friedrich Gulda, piano
Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)