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Debussy: Piano Preludes, Books I & II

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  • NPR Dubs Paul Jacobs's "Quite Remarkable" Debussy Preludes Essential Listening

    Paul Jacobs's 1970s recordings of Debussy's Preludes for Nonesuch have been added to The NPR Classical 50 list of essential recordings. On the show, critic Ted Libbey calls them "quite remarkable" and dubs Jacobs "the gold standard for the piano music of Debussy." Says Libbey of the Preludes: "What you hear is so extraordinary."

About this Album

The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

Often regarded as the epitome of Impressionism, Debussy’s Preludes for Piano were written at the midpoint of the composer’s career, displaying an evolution in both musical technique and outlook between the two books. Both books are included here in performances by Paul Jacobs described by the New York Times as “absorbing,” and “sensuous in the most refined way.”


Paul Jacobs, piano
Engineering and musical supervision: Marc J. Aubort, Joanna Nickrenz (Elite Recordings, Inc.)
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk Corp.)
Coordinator: Teresa Sterne
Design and art direction: Paula Biasacca
Cover art: Arthur Rackham, The Fairies Are Exquisite Dancers

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