Images II - Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
Images II - Poissons d'or
Children's Corner - Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Children's Corner - Jimbo's Lullaby
Children's Corner - Serenade for the Doll
Children's Corner - The Snow is Dancing
Children's Corner - The Little Shepherd
Children's Corner - Golliwoggs's Cakewalk
Suite Bergamasque - Prelude
Suite Bergamasque - Menuet
Suite Bergamasque - Clair de lune
Suite Bergamasque - Passepied
Seong-Jin Cho :
Pianist Seong-Jin Cho celebrates Debussy's centennial with new Deutsche Grammophon album of solo piano works
Set for release on November 17, 2017
"rare combination of technical bravura, artistic maturity and freshness of insight" – Washington Post
"Don't let the competition medal fool you. This guy's an artist." – San Francisco Chronicle
In his latest recording for Deutsche Grammophon, 23-year-old South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho presents an all-Debussy program. Debussy will be available on November 17, 2017, in time for Debussy's centennial in 2018.
Following his two previous Chopin albums on the Yellow Label, it is entirely fitting that Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, should turn to Debussy for his third album. Towards his life's close, the French composer edited the piano works of Chopin, an experience that reignited his creativity, opening his heart to music he had loved since childhood. In turn, Cho's connection to Debussy runs deep.
"I have always loved Debussy's music, but my feeling for it has deepened during my studies with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire," Cho recalls. "Michel never presses me to accept his ideas on interpretation, which would be so easy for such a great master of Debussy's music. His lessons are like meetings in which we discuss my playing, talk about music and art, and allow things to develop naturally."
Seong-Jin Cho moved to Paris five years ago to study with Béroff. Living and studying in Paris, he says, has brought him closer to Debussy's world, the places he knew and their spirit. "Whether visiting the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie almost every day for a year, looking at Monet's water lilies and other Impressionist paintings, or just walking through the city at different times and in different seasons – it all offers insights into the atmosphere and color of Debussy's music."
The album, which begins with the enigmatic opening of "Reflets dans l'eau" from Images I, includes both Images I and II, Children's Corner, the famed Suite bergamasque, and concludes with "L'isle joyeuse."