I am a big admirer of Seong-Jin Cho’s piano playing and Debussy’s spectacularly beautiful piano music. As recorded by DGG, this new recording of both may be a perfect musical match.
Cho is the recent laureate of the International Chopin Piano Competition . I followed his progress with greta interest on the MediciTV live webcasts. His runner up, Canadian Charles Richard-Hamelin gave him great competition, but ultimately, Cho won over the jury with his exquisite touch and innate musicality. When you reach that far into the world's best piano competition, it's assumed one has the technical chops. Cho does.
Cho was signed quickly by DGG, a label synonymous with the greatest pianists, and with some heavy duty Debussy recordings already in the catalogue.