DEBUSSY EARLY PIANO WORKS
Arabesques I Rêverie I Ballade
Suite Bergamasque I Pour le Piano I Mazurka
Valse Romantique I Estampes
Decca 476 312-2
Piano: Steinway & Sons
Recording: Nov. 2004 & Nov. 2005
Early works can be viewed both as a point of departure for further developments and location to return to. What is created in one’s youth can be skeptically viewed as mere preliminary studies for later performances or as the world in which the mature body of work has its roots and its home. Claude Debussy knew both perspectives when viewing his early piano music. He expressed skepticism when he went through periods in which he no longer wanted some of it to be accepted – and he returned to his roots when he subjected other pieces to later revision. The pianist See Siang Wong also holds this dual perspective. He is young, ready to experiment and to discover every aspect of the realm of the piano, whereby he meets with young composers who are still seeking: a season of departure. At the same time, when he immerses himself in Debussy’s music See Siang Wong experiences a sense of returning home to comfortable old realms of the soul.
Booklet and Liner notes: English, German, French
Includes a Portrait by Michael Eidenbenz:
"Departure and return – See Siang Wong plays early piano works by Claude Debussy"
"Départ, retour – See Siang Wong joue des œuvres de jeunesse pour le piano de Claude Debussy"
"Aufbruch und Heimkehr – See Siang Wong spielt frühe Klavierwerke von Claude Debussy"