Craig Sheppard: Claude Debussy: Estampes, Images, I and II; The 12 Etudes; Hommage à Haydn


Craig Sheppard: Claude Debussy: Estampes, Images, I and II; The 12 Etudes; Hommage à Haydn, Romeo Records, 2013.
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Pianist Craig Sheppard continues his laser-sharp treatment of the music of Debussy in this 2013 release from Romeo Records, recorded live at Meany Theater in April 2013. The follow up to his 2012 release of Debussy’s 24 Preludes, this double-disc release earns critics’ praise and places the pianist rightfully among the world’s notable interpreters of Debussy’s music. A review of the release in Fanfare notes Sheppard’s distinct approach to silence as a hallmark of his unusual approach: “Where Sheppard’s interpretations strike the ear as unusual is in his use of silence: the spaces between phrases and notes, rather than the notes themselves. His very personal approach to these pauses opens up the music in a way that some Debussy lovers will embrace and others, perhaps, reject, but they mark his playing as unique and will continue to do so.”

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