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Sang Woo Kang
American Record Guide, May 2016

DEBUSSY, C.: Piano Music (Baldi) GB5186-2
DEBUSSY, C.: Préludes, Book 2 / Suite Bergamasque (Viitasalo) ODE1269-2

With ‘Feux d’artifice’ and ‘Minstrels’, Piemontesi’s crisp approach is more energetic and vibrant. Though her playing is also clean and crisp, Viitasalo leans towards more straightforward, textbook-perfect renderings of Debussy and Ravel. …Baldi had a more tentative touch in ‘Clair de Lune’, but I prefer Viitasalo’s more understated, sober interpretation.

These are all solid recordings for different reasons, but I would like a recording that combines the best of these qualities: Baldi’s expression, Piemontesi’s clarity, and Viitasalo’s understatement. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

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