Frederic Chiu: Distant Voices

Piano Music by Claude Debussy & Gao Ping

A New Release from Yamaha Entertainment Group of America

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Frederic Chiu: Distant VoicesPianist Frederic Chiu is an acclaimed artist who has pushed boundaries in the world of classical music – from performance protocols and recording, to teaching and technology. He is in the spotlight yet again with a new “first”: a recording that combines state-of-the-art audio and video technology, masterpieces of the Western classical music canon, and contemporary works rooted in the East. This is the inaugural classical music release from Yamaha Entertainment Group of America.

Frederic Chiu: Distant Voices, Piano Music by Claude Debussy & Gao Ping includes both an audio CD and video DVD of the longtime Yamaha artist performing a unique combination of iconic favorites and groundbreaking newer music from the piano repertoire, along with commentary from Chiu about his background and music-making.

Frederic Chiu’s first recording of Debussy features 10 selections by the composer (the six pieces of Images, Books I & II; two selections from Estampes; “Clair de Lune” from Suite Bergamasque, and Rêverie) that are among the most beloved in the piano repertoire, interspersed with six pieces by the 45-year-old Szechuan-born pianist/composer Gao Ping, that collectively reveals musical globalization occurring at both ends of the 20th century – Debussy’s horizons stretching beyond Europe, and Gao’s music, while firmly in the Western tradition, grounded in his Chinese background. And three of Gao’s pieces introduce a new genre: music for vocalizing pianists, as demonstrated in bravura fashion in Chiu’s performance of  “Katyusha, Homage to D. Shostakovich,” that manages in the space of two minutes to combine virtuosic piano writing, a madcap riff on “Tea for Two” (and Shostakovich’s arrangement of that song) and singing, whistles, and yells. (Read the full press release)

FREDERIC CHIU: DISTANT VOICES, PIANO MUSIC BY CLAUDE DEBUSSY & GAO PING
Yamaha Entertainment Group of America YEG-011
PRODUCED BY: Bryan Lenox
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Chris Gero
Recorded March 20-22, 2015, at Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN
Release date:  August 7, 2015
CLAUDE DEBUSSY  Images, Book 1 (1904)
Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the water)
Hommage à Rameau (Homage to Rameau)
Mouvement (Movement)
CLAUDE DEBUSSY  From Estampes (Prints) (1903)
Pagodes (Pagodas)
Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
GAO PING (b. 1970) Distant Voices (1999)
Nostalgia
Love Song of Kangdin
Blue Flower
GAO PING
Concealed Kisses #1 for Vocalizing Pianist (2006)
CLAUDE DEBUSSY  Images, Book 2 (1907)
Cloches à travers les feuilles (Bells through the leaves)
Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut… (and the moon set on the temple ruins…)
Poissons d’or (Gold Fish)
GAO PING  2 Soviet Love Songs for Vocalizing Pianist (2003)
Evenings in Suburban Moscow
Katyusha, Homage to D. Shostakovich
CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Clair de Lune (Moonlight) from Suite Bergamasque (1905)
Rêverie (1890)

Frederic Chiu: Distant Voices, Piano Music by Claude Debussy and Gao Ping will be released on August 7, 2015. The physical CD/ DVD bundle can be purchased at Yamaha Entertainment Group’s online store, and digital versions can be downloaded through iTunes.

Latest News

  • “Chiu draws a spectrum of colours from the Yamaha concert grand in the Debussy selections. …” – Gramophone, November 2015
  • “Mr. Chiu offers richly colored, fiery interpretations of both books of Debussy’s ‘Images,’ the rippling figurations articulated with a crystalline touch…” – The New York Times, September 23, 2015
  • FREDERIC CHIU: DISTANT VOICES, PIANO MUSIC BY CLAUDE DEBUSSY & GAO PING, AN AUDIO & VIDEO RECORDING, IS THE INAUGURAL CLASSICAL MUSIC RELEASE OF YAMAHA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP OF AMERICAPress release

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Excerpt from Debussy’s Claire de lune

Excerpt from Gao Ping’s Katyusha: Homage to D. Shostakovich

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