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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, May 2017

…Lewin’s Debussy is factual and appealingly unsentimental… © 2017 La Folia Read complete review

Sin-Hsing Tsai
Clavier Companion, April 2016

Lewin offers a captivating rendition of Debussy’s miniatures in this Pure Audio Blu-ray and CD package. In Lewin’s hands, juxtaposed layers in Estampes collied and spark glittering dances of overtones. …Lewin paints an alluring wonderland of Debussy’s endless colors in this attractive recording. © 2016 Clavier Companion

Graham Rickson
The Arts Desk, January 2016

Michael Lewin’s earlier Debussy anthology was excellent, and this second volume also hits the spot. …Wonderful production values too, the recording made in Sono Luminus’s acoustically perfect converted chapel in rural Virginia. An audio Blu-ray disc is included as a bonus.

All fabulous, and Lewin’s unfussy notes are a joy to read. © 2016 The Arts Desk Read complete review

Phillip Scott
Fanfare, January 2016

…Lewin’s performances of Estampes and the Préludes are the true highlights of this release. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Sang Woo Kang
American Record Guide, January 2016

…[Lewin] captures both the brilliance and subtlety of Debussy’s imagination. Estampes is beautifully paced and full of poetry. ‘Pagodes’ has clean lines and a delicate touch, and ‘La Soiree dans Grenade’ contains subtle contrasts. ‘Jardins sous la Pluie’ rounds out the set with flawless, intricate precision. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jonathan Blumhofer
The Arts Fuse, October 2015

Textural balance and a strong attention to dynamic nuance…mark [Lewin’s] account of the first 12 Preludes. …He plays with remarkable intimacy and inwardness. If these Preludes might sound a bit more effortless or (occasionally) brilliant in other hands, there’s no denying that Lewin identifies with them in a special way and dramatizes the music behind the notes as well as anyone.  © 2015 The Arts Fuse Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, October 2015

[Lewin’s] piano tone is full, his dynamic range is electrifying. His engagement with the music he plays and his ability to communicate its excitement to the listener is immediate and creates a lasting impression. Add to that his sensitivity to rhythms and polyrhythms and his cleanly defined textures, and you have a well-nigh ideal Debussy interpreter. © 2015 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Alex Baran
The WholeNote, September 2015

DEBUSSY, C.: Préludes, Book 1 / Estampes / Arabesque / Golliwogg’s Cake-Walk / Nuit d’etoiles (Starry Night) (Lewin) DSL-92190
DEBUSSY, C.: Piano Music (Lewin) DSL-92175

Anyone undertaking a recording project on this scale has to understand the composer at the most profound level. Lewin’s approach seems to be one that allows the music to take all the time it needs to unfold. He never rushes a phrase or resolution but prefers to let it hang until it completes itself as in Des pas sur la neige.

His performance avoids the pitfall of self-indulgence, so tempting with this repertoire. He never loses himself in the hypnotic but stays in complete control. Recorded a year apart, the set should be owned together. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review

Gwyn Parry-Jones
MusicWeb International, September 2015

All the short pieces are played with affection and style… I was hugely impressed, and enjoyed this playing enormously. [Lewin] is careful to avoid exaggeration or distortion, but is sensitive to all the magical colours created by the music. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Christie Grimstad, September 2015

“Starry Night”…displays Michael Lewin’s most definitive take that doesn’t draw upon shyness.

Where Michael Lewin best comforts the listener is through selections that depict an image of demure and calm. Particularly sentimental and pleasing to the ear are the recently uncovered ironic Les Soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon and the tender La Fille aux cheveux de lin. © 2015 Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, August 2015

These are some of the most moving performances of these works I have heard. The sonics are wonderful…

If you are familiar with the standard Debussy readings, you will no doubt find the superior sonics and poetics of the Lewin versions here much to your liking. Don’t know Debussy’s piano works much? Start with this one, by all means. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, August 2015

…Michael Lewin provides another terrific Debussy recital that will stand up well against the stiff competition that is already present in the Debussy recording world. …the sound is far superior to the many CDs of this repertoire and will amaze those who are fans of solo piano recordings. © 2015 Read complete review

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