Seong-Jin Cho plays Debussy

Seong-Jin Cho plays Debussy

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 [2015]. 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. 

Franz Schubert—Trout Quintet

Franz Schubert—Trout Quintet

I recently paid $50 for a 180g vinyl reissue of Schubert's effervescent Trout Quintet. The joys of vinyl are all there in the great performance by Sir Clifford Curzon and members of the Vienna Octet on Decca. It's the only work on the album. That's where the CD shines—up to 80 minutes. Well, that, and capturing much needed new performances of old masterpieces. On this new DGG album, we get the best of CD logistics, plus the crackerjack promise by stars of the DGG house.  

The Trout Quintet is the given name to Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, composed in 1819, but published only after his death in 1829. What a musical crime—only friends, family and admirers were to experience this chamber masterpiece during the composer's lifetime.