Alessandra Ammara – Debussy – Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2020) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Alessandra Ammara – Debussy – Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2020)
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The second volume of a Debussy series attracting critical superlatives and comparisons with the likes of Cortot and Gieseking.

In 2016 Alessandra Ammara won high praise for an album of Mendelssohn duets with her husband Roberto Prosseda. The following year her Piano Classics debut of Debussy inspired no less glowing reviews. The sequel elegantly completes her recordings of the Préludes and Images with their second volumes, coupled with the more innocent pleasures of the Suite Bergamasque.

Thus the album spans Debussy’s first and punultimate published piano cycles, for while the Suite appeared in print only in 1905, it was composed back in 1890. In their titles, three of the four movements – a Prelude, Minuet and Passepied – invoke the formal elegance of a Baroque dance suite, but the elusive character and freedom of the music owes more to the poetry of Verlaine, who used the archaic ‘bergamasque’ term in his poem Clair de lune, which as the suite’s third movement became Debussy’s single greatest hit.

In both the Images and Préludes, Debussy invested their second volumes (composed in 1907 and 1912-13 respectively) with darker, gloomier tone-colours and higher contrasts with wild outbursts and even manic humour. The portraits of individual characters and landscapes are more sharply drawn, more charged with private intensity. They make accordingly greater demands upon the interpreter, nowhere more so than in the dark, wild magic of the ‘Feux d’artifice’ – Fireworks – which close out the Préludes.

The three Images in Book 2 are linked by their association with the Debussy’s friend Louis Laloy, and by extension with their mutual fascination with China and the alien world of East-Asian culture. The bells in ‘Cloches à travers les feuilles’ ring from the church in Laloy’s home-town; the title of ‘Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut’ was proposed by Laloy himself, and the goldfish – ‘Poissons d’or’ of the triptych’s final panel – swim and shimmer through much Chinese lacquer artwork.

Reviews for Volume 1: ‘This is an extremely attractive, satisfying recording of some very standard, very beloved repertoire.’ Fanfare

“In a world overflowing with Debussy piano discs, Alessandra Ammara proves there is room for more. Ammara has all the technique required for the Préludes; her greatest strength, though, is in the individual characterisation of each… This is an impeccably produced recording.” (International Piano)

Tracklist

1. Alessandra Ammara – Images, Book II: I. Cloches à travers les feuilles
2. Alessandra Ammara – Images, Book II: II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
3. Alessandra Ammara – Images, Book II: III. Poissons d’or
4. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: I. Brouillards
5. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: II. Feuilles mortes
6. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: III. La puerta del vino
7. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: IV. Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses
8. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: V. Bruyères
9. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: V. Général lavine—Eccentric
10. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: VII. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
11. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: VIII. Ondine
12. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: IX. Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C.
13. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: X. Canope
14. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: XI. Les tierces alternées
15. Alessandra Ammara – Préludes, Book II: XII. Feux d’artifice
16. Alessandra Ammara – Suite bergamasque: I. Prélude
17. Alessandra Ammara – Suite bergamasque: II. Menuet
18. Alessandra Ammara – Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune
19. Alessandra Ammara – Suite bergamasque: IV. Passepied

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