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Sabine Weyer is a Luxembourg-born pianist who presents good, idiomatic Debussy in superb sound that nevertheless fails to dislodge the classic recorded performances (think Michelangeli or Gieseking). Weyer’s touch means Debussy is presented in myriad colours, but the second and third pieces from Book I are rather lacklustre (the finale in particular is studio-bound). The second movement of Images I (‘Homage à Rameau’) links nicely to the Suite. In Rameau, decorations are clean, and Weyer is sometimes generous of pedal; but overall, this is flat, as if anaesthetised by the surrounding Debussy. Presentation is odd: Weyer’s biography is in three languages (including English) but the accompanying article is in two (neither of them English). The decision to reverse the order of the sets of Images is also questionable.

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