Paul Jacobs plays Debussy

“Debussy: Préludes for Piano, Books 1 & 2” (Nonesuch)

This evening I have been listening to the landmark recording of the Debussy Préludes made by the American pianist Paul Jacobs recorded in 1978, and recently made available as a download from Amazon. Jacobs died in 1983 from AIDS-related illness. But his legend lives on through his recordings of Debussy and Elliott Carter. The clarity and intellectual power, yet sheer musical elegance, of his performances have stood the test of time.

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