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    Quote Originally Posted by Geo Dude View Post
    and have my eye on the Bavouzet;
    I can recommend the Bavouzet. I've got four of the five CD set and I think he gets the tempi 'right' (right for me, at any rate) in all the well known pieces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ephemerid View Post

    The Afternoon of the Faun (this piece never ceases to amaze me)
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    Bernstein's analysis of this innovative work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    I can recommend the Bavouzet. I've got four of the five CD set and I think he gets the tempi 'right' (right for me, at any rate) in all the well known pieces.
    Yes, Bavouzet's set is remarkable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Bernstein's analysis of this innovative work.

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    Thanks a lot for this, I know pretty much nothing about theory and this analysis is fascinating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Elgar View Post
    I find the idea of Debussy and Ravel at the premier of The Rite of Spring jumping up and down screaming "GENIUS" hilarious!
    Bumping an old thread here....

    Sorry to burst what may be a bubble, but it was Debussy who played (sight-read, actually!) the second part of Stravinsky's four hand piano reduction of Le Sacre with Stravinsky, Stravinsky wanting to show the work to Debussy.

    Ergo, Debussy was first-hand familiar with the score, and if he was hollering "Genius" at the premiere, it was as a player-participant in that very Parisian tradition of "let's riot over an artistic work," and not out of stunned first-exposure surprise.
    Last edited by PetrB; Dec-05-2013 at 23:52.

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    It's starting to make sense...

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    Give me 10 non-classical music folks. Play La Mer for each of them. Ask what the music describes. Bet not one says the sea or the ocean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Give me 10 non-classical music folks. Play La Mer for each of them. Ask what the music describes. Bet not one says the sea or the ocean.
    Debussy's only glimpse of 'a sea' was of the Mediterranean when he was a mere boy.

    He composed La Mer, a good deal of it anyway, during the summer of 1903 while in a summer residence high in the mountains of France, inland and land-locked. He completed it in the summer of 1905, when visiting the Grand Hotel Eastbourne on the English Channel coast.

    The piece is, in form, a symphony in all but name, the title I'm certain while sincere also being a red herring slight of hand to avoid the word "symphony" which was, for Debussy both as a young composer and as a "Frenchman," yet another Germanic tradition he did not want to be thought of as pursuing.

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    I'm not a Debussy fan and I find La Mer dullsville.

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    From an early review of La Mer: "The audience seemed rather disappointed: they expected the ocean, something big, something colossal, but they were served instead with some agitated water in a saucer."


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    I am a big Debussy fan and I find La Mer a little disappointing as well. He's got better stuff imo. A recommended set to dig deeper into Debussy's repertoire.
    http://www.amazon.com/Orchestral-Wor...chestral+works

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    Odd man out.
    I love La Mer and Debussy.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Dear Claude,

    How the hell do you expect people to play "La Cathedrale Engloutie" without DISLOCATING THEIR FINGERS!!!!!?

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    Baroque is all you need to know about my musical tastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicphotogAnimal View Post
    Dear Claude,

    How the hell do you expect people to play "La Cathedrale Engloutie" without DISLOCATING THEIR FINGERS!!!!!?

    Sincerely,

    musicphotogAnimal.
    Ha! Ha! Rubinstein did it!

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    I really love his etudes and preludes.

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