Debussy Edition

The Debussy Edition, published by Deutsche Grammophon ★★★★★
Debussy was a brutally nationalistic composer, enraged by the German tradition, and wishing to knock German music off its feet. In the end, Debussy’s gift to the world was the invention of elevator music, soft, impressionistic, flowing music, which provides moods more than statements. I’ll prefer the Germans. I like music at least to say something, in addition to providing a mood. This set is rated highly for several reasons. 1. It’s a bargain. From, it’s slightly more than $2/disc. 2. The performances are superlative, very well expressed, with flawless recording. It’s enjoyable music but is best suited for the background of an elevator.