San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
November 3, 2012

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s Debussy recital Friday (Nov. 2) at La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium was not for the timid or casual aesthete. His program was no sampler of Debussy’s greatest hits, but an elegant master class that probed the gamut of the composer’s idiom for his favored instrument.

With consummate technical prowess and uncanny insight, Thibaudet conducted a riveting class that took us through the sometimes enigmatic Second Book of 12 Preludes, two suites – “Estampes” and “Suite Bergamasque” – and the exuberant tour de force “L’isle Joyeuse.”