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Debussy * GAO Ping: 'Distant Voices'

Magazine article Gramophone

Debussy * GAO Ping: 'Distant Voices'

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Debussy * Gao Ping

'Distant Voices'

Debussy Estampes--Jardins sous la pluie; Pagodes. Images. Reverie. Suite bergamasque Claire de lune Gao Ping Blue Flower. Concealed Kisses No 1. Evenings in Suburban Moscow. Katyusha: Homage to Shostakovich. Love Song of Kangdin. Nostalgia Frederic Chiu pf Yamaha Entertainment [F] YEG011 (67' * DDD)

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Frederic Chiu's new disc and accompanying DVD couldn't be more aptly titled. 'Distant Voices' is both one of the pieces by Gao Ping that the pianist performs and a metaphor for connections between the living Chinese composer and a great Frenchman. Gao Ping drew inspiration from Debussy, whose style had been transformed a century earlier after hearing Javanese gamelan music. The programme alternates between the two composers' works, some of which emanate from similar, shimmering sound worlds. Selections from Debussy's Images and Estampes lead to Gao Ping's scores of analogous luminosity.

But Chiu also revels in contrasts in the Chinese composer's works. …

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