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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55014
Recording details: July 1989
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Keith Warren & Keith Wicks
Release date: February 1991
Total duration: 3 minutes 56 seconds

'These performances are unsurpassed on CD' (Gramophone)

'Leads the field in this repertoire. Very highly recommended' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'This recording goes to the very top of my want list' (Fanfare, USA)

'Poetically refined performances which fully equal, and in some cases even surpass, distinguished versions of the past' (CDReview)

Lindaraja, L103
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Lindaraja L103  [3'56]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Although dating from April 1901, Lindaraja, Debussy’s first characteristically Spanish piece, was not published until 1926, eight years after the composer’s death. It was also his first piece for two pianos. In common with many ‘foreign’ composers who have written highly successful ‘Spanish’ music, Debussy’s knowledge of Spain came from observing the country from afar, rather than from regular visits to it. One of the possible influences on Lindaraja was the ‘Habanera’ that had formed part of Sites auriculaires composed for two pianos by Ravel in 1895. Lindaraja itself has been described as a ‘worthy forerunner’ of Debussy’s first solo Spanish piece, La soirée dans Grenade, a work which Manuel de Falla (whose picture postcard to Debussy is reputed to have inspired it) considered the most perfect musical representation of Andalusia.

from notes by Peter Avis © 1999

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