Images [Book 2]

Debussy100 is a 12-month project to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy. Led by a collection of national and international pianists, hear the complete piano and chamber music of Claude Debussy, including 100 titled movements for the keyboard.

“This was Debussy, so still and quiet that time seemed to stop; what a world of sound and colour [Steven Osborne] conjured up. Rarely do you witness such textural detail, so delicately balanced. This was a masterclass in the true beauty of pianism, delivered with an intelligent and instinctive musicality.” – The Scotsman

DEBUSSY Six épigraphes antiques for piano 4-hands
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor op. 10
Lindraja for 2 pianos
Printemps for piano 4-hands
Petite Suite for piano 4-hands
DEBUSSY Images Book 2

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Watch Steven Osborne discussing his experiences and love of music. 

"In the second half, Osborne played Debussy's second set of Images with superb clarity and subtle finesse, receding to almost inaudible stillness at the close of the second piece, Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut (The moon descends on the temple that was) and capturing pliable flexibility and playfulness in Poisons d'or (Goldfish).”
Sydney Morning Herald, 7 Aug 2018

“You could have heard a pin drop. Steven Osborne’s power over the hall was absolute…the atmosphere was spellbound. ”
RPS Instrumentalist of the Year 2013

“Some pianists gild everything they touch with their own personality; some are like chameleons, finding a new colour for each composer. Last night the wonderful Scottish pianist Steven Osborne did both, which lent the whole evening a miraculous air…every note seemed to vibrate with intelligence”
The Daily Telegraph, 8 Feb 2016

"This piece [Poissons d’or (Goldfish) from Images (Book 2)], along with Reflections on the Water, is probably the most frequently performed of the Images sets. And no wonder, since it is both brilliant and evocative. Obviously, goldfish are inextricably associated with water, but here, unlike Reflections, the imagery is concrete. It is said that a painting of two gold-colored fish on a small Japanese lacquer panel that Debussy owned was the inspiration for this work."
Notes by Orrin Howard, Los Angeles Philharmonic 

Debussy100 project presented in partnership with ABC Classic FM

Steven Osborne's ANAM residency is generously supported by Ralph and Barbara Ward-Ambler

Image by Ben Ealovega

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