Debussy: Four Hand Piano Music [Jean-Pierre Armengaud, Olivier Chauzu] [Naxos: 8572979]
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The recent discovery (2008) of the Première Suite d'orchestre
for piano, four hands, is a large-scale, sonorous work which reveals Debussy's interest in constantly evolving form. Derived in part from his incidental music for the Chansons de Bilitis
, an evocation of poetic scenes from an ancient pagan world, Six Épigraphes antiques
is a colourful work of considerable creative freedom. The Petite Suite
includes such well-loved movements as En bateau
, while the Marche ecossaise
is heard on this recording in its rare first version.
A pupil of Yves Nat and Jacques Février, and, in Russia, of Stanislav Neuhaus, Jean-Pierre Armengaud
is one of the leading interpreters of French music from Rameau to Henri Dutilleux.Olivier Chauzu
was awarded the Prix Debussy at the Yvonne Lefèbure competition at Saint-Germain-en-Laye.