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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
Buy by post £10.50 APR6013  2CDs for the price of 1  
'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
Buy by post £10.50 APR6010  2CDs for the price of 1  
'York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings' (APR6007)
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
Buy by post £10.50 APR6007  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Hyperion monthly sampler – October 2012' (HYP201210)
Hyperion monthly sampler – October 2012
HYP201210  Download-only monthly sampler   No longer available
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] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 25 on APR6013 CD1 [3'22] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 4 on HYP201210 [4'01] Download-only monthly sampler
No 2: Allegretto scherzando
Track 13 on CDA67898 [3'42]
Track 12 on APR6007 CD2 [3'11] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 17 on APR6010 CD1 [3'03] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 17 on APR6013 CD1 [2'40] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 26 on APR6013 CD1 [2'54] 2CDs for the price of 1

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 APR6013 disc 1 track 26
No 2: Allegretto scherzando
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-13-01326
Duration
2'54
Recording date
1927
Recording venue
Homocord, Germany
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities (APR6013)
    Disc 1 Track 26
    Release date: October 2013
    2CDs for the price of 1
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