Distant Voices: Piano Music by Claude Debussy & Gao Ping (Deluxe Version)
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||Images, Set 1, L. 110: No. 1, Reflets dans l'eau||Frederic Chiu||5:02||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Images, Set 1, L. 110: No. 2, Hommage à Rameau||Frederic Chiu||6:20||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Images, Set 1, L. 110: No. 3, Mouvement||Frederic Chiu||3:14||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Estampes, L. 100: No. 1, Pagodes||Frederic Chiu||4:56||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Estampes, L. 100: No. 3, Jardins sous la pluie||Frederic Chiu||3:10||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Nostalgia||Frederic Chiu||4:02||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Love Song of Kangdin||Frederic Chiu||3:40||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Blue Flower||Frederic Chiu||6:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Concealed Kisses #1 for Vocalizing Pianist||Frederic Chiu||3:39||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Images, Set 2, L. 111: No. 1, Cloches à travers les feuilles||Frederic Chiu||4:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Images, Set 2, L. 111: No. 2, Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut||Frederic Chiu||4:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Images, Set 2, L. 111: No. 3, Poissons d'or||Frederic Chiu||3:25||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Evenings in Suburban Moscow||Frederic Chiu||3:16||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Katyusha, Homage to D. Shostakovich||Frederic Chiu||1:55||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Suite bergamasque, L. 75: No. 3, Clair de lune||Frederic Chiu||4:44||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Rêverie, L. 68||Frederic Chiu||3:52||$1.29||View in iTunes|
|17||VideoDistant Voices - Piano Music by Claude Debussy & Gao Ping||Frederic Chiu||1:22:26||Album Only||View in iTunes|
How to hear the Chinese influence in Debussy’s music: Listen to Frederic Chiu
Part 1 - The most musical and surprising recording of Debussy’s Eastern-influenced works
Frederic Chiu is uniquely qualified to reveal to us the music Debussy composed while under the spell of the Orient. A Chinese American who lived in Paris for over a decade, and who is an ardent promoter of Chinese composers, Chiu has the cultural, experiential and musical makeup to interpret these works like no one else.
There are so many NEW moments listening to this Debussy. Even if you are a piano geek, or a great artist who knows these works inside out, you can’t help but catch your breath every minute or so as you hear things so imbued with the nuance, the folk-feeling, the grandeur of the Chinese musical world transmitted through Debussy’s imagination. Especially worthy of note is Chiu’s layering of three or four voices all in different rhythms: inner voices moving in triplet while others in duple, while the melody moves freely above. We could get out our scores and go measure by measure raving over these things, but do it at home.
Two other important things to mention, the piano sound and the pianists pedaling technique.
The piano sound in this recording is uber Yamaha. The sound of each note evenly colored when played at the same volume… a bright sound, but thankfully not brash and harsh as sometimes happens to instruments overused or not cared for. This sound is particularly evocative for pentatonic music, and the “string of pearls” style of playing. The mixing is risky, very close. You are sitting right next to the piano. So there is absolutely no way to hide anything in the pedal. This occasionally reveals some slight uneven playing… which gives the album a brave, honest, live-like feeling… something we miss in the overproduced world we live in. But the other thing the close mixing brings us is the very subtle and astounding pedaling effects Chiu brings.
So... the pedaling. If you aren’t familiar with Frederic’s playing this is the perfect album to start with. He is a pioneer of constant use of all three pedals on the grand piano. How does he do it with only two feet? And what is the result of this truly unique pedaling? Without getting technical, it means totally new combinations of the notes ringing together. Literally. On this recording there are Debussy’s notes ringing together bringing new harmonic and layering interpretations that have just never been done, and cannot be done any other way. And they are compelling.