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Ampico "Reflets dan L'eau" by Debussy, Played by Leo Ornstein, 50715-H

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Uploaded on May 20, 2009

(Reflections in the Water) A beautiful composition..it's pure "magic", interpreted by the great pianist Leo Ornstein, and recorded in 1916 for the Ampico. When I play the Ampico, the birds outside seem to congregate, and then they start singing.....you can hear it in the video clip...LOL! A MUST is the Stereo recording of the same video: http://www.box.net/shared/qq9kcvn1ds

From the pen of Shengar Tsai:

"Lockpeiser's landmark work, Debussy: His Life and Mind points out that Impressionist painting and music closely parallel each other in their choice of subjects. Renoir and Monet's greatest works are paintings of a dreamy young woman gazing at reflections in water, water's depths, or the sky. The idea of reflection is very important, as in impressionism, the reflection is more "real" than the actuality. Two examples of such art works are The Boat (1867) by Renoir, and Argenteuil-sur-Seine (1868). In each the "Impressionist technique allowed the state of reverie to be boldly explored." It is no coincidence that one of Debussy's most popular piano works is entitled Reverie. (Lockpeiser 19,20) One of his earlier works, it shows the warmth and fluidity of his later styles, although lacking in the harmonic patterns which would later appear in his mature works. However it is a revealing precursor to the truly impressionistic style which would appear later on. Debussy also composed several "water-pieces" which mirror the spirit of the aforementioned Impressionist pictures, specifically En bateau (1889), Sirenes (1899), Reflets dans l'eau (1905), Voiles (1910), and La Cathedrale engloutie (1910)".

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