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.​.​.​avec un frisson: Late Piano Works of Debussy and Boulez

by Yegor Shevtsov

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Pianist Yegor Shevtsov focuses on late works of two of the towering figures in French composition on this recording, Pierre Boulez and Claude Debussy. The selections on this recording are emblematic of each composer's style at the end of their careers, reflecting their penchant for stylistic risks and expressive probing. Shevtsov recorded these pieces in the superior acoustic of the concert hall at EMPAC, the state of the art facility on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

As with many of Boulez' works, these two featured pieces, Page d’éphéméride and Incises are the products of a long gestation and reflect Boulez' evolving relationship with his work. Incises exists in several versions -- it was originally commissioned in 1994 by the Umberto Micheli Piano Competition, organized by Maurizio Pollini and Luciano Berio, and then Boulez arranged it in a version for three harps, three pianos, and three percussion instruments entitled sur incises. The version we hear on this recording is the definitive solo piano work, completed in 2001. Une page d’éphéméride is a recent work, only finished in 2005 and published in 2008. Like Incises, it is a study in opposition, between dynamics, articulation, and register. Book Two of Debussy's Etudes make a natural pairing with these Boulez works, as they are landmarks of a wondrous, almost scientific, approach to the elements of music making that is a hallmark of modern French composition.


released August 27, 2013




New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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