Hyperion Records

Deux Arabesques, L74
composer
circa 1890; published in 1891

Recordings
'Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities' (APR6013)
Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities
APR6013  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Debussy: Solo Piano Music' (CDA67898)
Debussy: Solo Piano Music
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67898  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Arabesque' (CDH55129)
Arabesque
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55129  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings' (APR6010)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
APR6010  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings' (APR6007)
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
APR6007  for the price of 1 — Download only  
Details
No 1: Andantino
Track 12 on CDA67898 [4'01]
Track 1 on CDH55129 [4'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 16 on APR6013 CD1 [3'07] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 25 on APR6013 CD1 [3'22] for the price of 1 — Download only
No 2: Allegretto scherzando
Track 13 on CDA67898 [3'42]
Track 12 on APR6007 CD2 [3'11] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 17 on APR6010 CD1 [3'03] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 17 on APR6013 CD1 [2'40] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 26 on APR6013 CD1 [2'54] for the price of 1 — Download only

Deux Arabesques, L74
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Debussy’s first compositions for solo piano to be issued in print were his Deux Arabesques. Already in his lifetime some 123,000 copies were sold of the first one, making it then, as now, one of his most popular pieces. It is funny to read that, even though they were published in 1891, as late as 1903 the newspaper Le Figaro published the first one as a musical supplement in which they called it a ‘new and entirely recent composition’ by a ‘young composer’ (Debussy was forty-one by then), stating how perplexing the music might be to even the most experienced pianist. They were no doubt trying to cash in on his success the previous year with his opera Pelléas et Mélisande, which had made him famous overnight. Now nothing seems simpler than these totally charming pieces, with their flowing and decorative writing. Debussy once used the term ‘arabesque’ in describing a movement of a Bach violin concerto, speaking of the ‘principle of “ornament”, which is the basis of all forms of art’.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2012

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Details for CDA66116 track 1
Andantino
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-11601
Duration
4'11
Recording date
10 October 1983
Recording venue
Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Arabesque (CDA66116)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: February 1988
    Deletion date: July 2003
    Superseded by CDH55129
  2. Arabesque (CDH55129)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 2003
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Licensing
1.Film Echoes. Brown Bear Productions, 2007
2.Audio tour The Unknown Monet: Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2007
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