The Impressionists / Stephen McIntyre
Think of impressionism and a Monet painting comes to mind. Experience the joy of musical impressionism here then with three famous French composers, Debussy, Ravel and Satie - admirably interpreted by pianist Stephen McIntyre, making his debut CD for Move Records.
In this well-filled disc (77 minutes), you'll find Debussy's sets of "Images" and the famous "Children's Corner" suite paired up with Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit" and the gorgeous "Gnossiennes" of Satie.
Images I (Debussy)
Images II (Debussy)
Children's Corner (Debussy)
Gaspard de la Nuit (Ravel)
Trois Gnossiennes (Satie)
Press Quotes“My Australian CD of the year.”
— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide“Stephen McIntyre is a great communicator - not only through the keyboard, but in his whole attitude to music. His unfussy, elegant performances have a way of going straight to the heart of whatever he plays ... This is a fine album from one of this country's master performers. Rating: 4 stars”
— Michael Shmith, The Sunday Age“At the core is a terrific reading of Ravel's masterpiece 'Gaspard de la Nuit' and his playing of the little 'Trois Gnossiennes' of Satie makes me wish for an entire Satie cycle ... it's Satie as I've never heard before.”
— Anthony Clarke, The Bulletin“McIntyre revels in this lush and hazy atmosphere where bells, water, goldfish and mischievous sprites vie for attention ... he has a sensitivity to colour and a good sense of perspective ... This is a stylish and thoughtful recital; when can we expect another?”
— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide“beautifully expressive performances ... masterly assurance ... This is certainly a disc for lovers of fine piano music ... realised in equally fine playing.”
— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times“There is clarity here, and wit ... [McIntyre] also shows great taste. In short, it's the playing of a gentleman ... better than many others ... The bowler-hatted Satie would, I think, have enjoyed Stephen McIntyre.”
— Andrew Ford, ABC 24 Hours
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