DEBUSSY Images I & II / Cho

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

Images I & II
Suite Bergamasque
Children's Corner
Seong-Jin Cho
Int. Release 17 Nov. 2017
1 CD / Download
0289 479 8308 8


Liste de titres

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Images I, L. 110

Images I, L. 110

Images I, L. 110

Images II, L. 111

Images II, L. 111

Images II, L. 111

Children's Corner, L.113

Suite bergamasque, L. 75

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Seong-Jin Cho

Durée totale de lecture 1:12:47

If ever a pianist existed who'd give classical music demonstrative scale and illuminating heft, it would go to Seong-Jin Cho . . . M. Cho can pull out of his hip pocket those Far East predilections to incisively convey unique philosophical understanding that's compounded by Debussy's own gradient admiration for Japanese art and other Asian musical modes. One witnesses Seong-Jin Cho's personal connection inside "Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut": the art of the note limpidly flows to hand, to key . . . sparkling detection . . . M. Cho truly has a cerebral chemistry by gazing at an avante-garde [artist's] canvas to discern important elements that tend to be overlooked [by others] . . . This pianist's effective use of rests (i.e. "The Little Shepherd") draws close parallels to an artist's use of "negative space" on a parchment. The transcriptions of this resolutely colorful music are keen and clean . . . No question about it . . . Seong-Jin Cho controls Debussy's music like a treasured keepsake: the bond is clearly unshakable. In comparison to other Debussy interpreters, the Korean's tempos trend slower. That said, one hears sincerity on keys, a man politely pointing to pensive outreach. This decided approach is well evidenced during the "Suite bergamasque". In particular, "Clair de lune" draws dramatic apexes throughout the composition, though the ethereal élan never skitters about. Hearing M. Cho's revered admirations of Claude Debussy's memorable works is sheer delight. A personal favorite (from this reviewer's point-of-view), "L'Isle joyeuse", is M. Cho's "finition de couronnement". This quixotic pacing and effervescent take likens itself to a brush sweeping away at a watercolour wash: both artist swipes and ivoried strikes are vibrant and charismatically happy. "Suprême"!

. . . [Cho] brings his understated, coiled-spring pianism to Debussy, and his playing is riveting as ever . . . what comes across strongly here is how he makes each of these little pieces into a complete canvas: every adjustment of speed or volume finely weighted to keep the whole in balance . . . "Clair de Lune" sounds freshly thought of. "Children's Corner" is as smilingly serious as it should be, and "Mouvement", from the first book of "Images", bubbles with expectation . . . [in "L'Isle joyeuse"] his transparent, ultimately exuberant performance is very rewarding.

["Images"]: Cet enregistrement nous donne à contempler la maturité précoce d'un artiste . . . ["Reflets dans l'eau"]: Loin du Debussy en petites miettes éparses, comme on l'entend parfois interprété, le pianiste parvient à associer cohérence et liberté; la sensation des barres de mesure disparaît, et l'on se laisse porter par un souffle, que suggèrent des phrasés à la fois soignés et spontanés . . . le toucher du pianiste, quant à lui, stupéfie tout autant que son discours, par son infinie délicatesse, sa prodigieuse versatilité, que l'impeccable prise de son rend à merveille. Chaque note semble pensée, même dans la rapidité . . . ["Mouvement"]: Tout y est: la légèreté facétieuse, la rigueur du moteur rythmique, l'opulence de la pâte sonore, et des trouvailles, comme celle de ce son "louré" plutôt qu'accentué . . . ou ce staccato inattendu, lors du retour du thème, qui ravit l'oreille. L'attention que Cho porte à l'équilibre sonore, dans une musique où rien n'est fortuit, trouve une illustration frappante dans "L'Isle joyeuse", où l'on croit entendre les arabesques de la main gauche pour la première fois . . . sans nul doute, Debussy vient à nouveau de se trouver un grand interprète.

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    Listen to Debussy’s 3rd Movement “Clair de Lune” on his “Suite bergamasque” played by Seong-Jin Cho. On the eve of the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death, 2015 Chopin Competition winner Seong-Jin Cho explores the great French composer’s piano music. Following his two best-selling all-Chopin albums, the pianist brings together some of Debussy’s most popular works and cycles, including Suite bergamasque (with the beloved “Clair de lune”) and Children’s Corner. Preview, download or stream: https://dg.lnk.to/cho-debussy


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