Ivan Ilic, pianist | Claude Debussy's Préludes for piano, Books 1 and 2

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Claude Debussy's Préludes for piano, Books 1 and 2

by Ivan Ilic, pianist

Ivan Ilic's début CD release, on the French Paraty label, is of Debussy's complete Préludes for solo piano. The album includes some of the most popular and original music for the instrument.
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1. Les Collines D'anacapri Ivan Ilic
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2. Voiles Ivan Ilic
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3. La Danse De Puck Ivan Ilic
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4. Des Pas Sur La Neige Ivan Ilic
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5. La Sérénade Interrompue Ivan Ilic
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6. « Les Sons Et Les Parfums Tournent Dans L'air Du Soir » Ivan Ilic
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7. Le Vent Dans La Plaine Ivan Ilic
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8. Danseuses De Delphes Ivan Ilic
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9. Ce Qu'a Vu Le Vent D'ouest Ivan Ilic
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10. Minstrels Ivan Ilic
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11. La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin Ivan Ilic
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12. La Cathédrale Engloutie Ivan Ilic
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13. General Lavine - Eccentric Ivan Ilic
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14. Feuilles Mortes Ivan Ilic
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15. Ondine Ivan Ilic
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16. Canope Ivan Ilic
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17. Les Tierces Alternées Ivan Ilic
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18. La Terrasse Des Audiences Du Clair De Lune Ivan Ilic
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19. Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.p.m.p.c. Ivan Ilic
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20. La Puerta Del Vino Ivan Ilic
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21. Brouillards Ivan Ilic
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22. Bruyères Ivan Ilic
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23. « Les Fées Sont D'exquises Danseuses » Ivan Ilic
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24. Feux D'artifice Ivan Ilic
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This CD, praised as "masterly" by Gramophone,
received Mezzo Television's Critics Choice Award in France.

It was recently broadcast on:
BBC Radio 3, Radio France, Radio 4 Netherlands, Catalunya Radio Spain, Rádia Classic FM Prague, Radio Classique Montréal, Saarländischer Rundfunk 2 KulturRadio Germany, Radio New Zealand, Classic FM South Africa, Classically Melbourne Australia, BBC Radio Ulster, Klassika Raadio Estonia, RTÉ Lyric FM Ireland, Rete Toscana Classica Italy, WGBH Boston USA, Minnesota Public Radio USA, and WBJC Baltimore USA.

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"A pianist of real personality, his name is one to remember."
Le Monde de la Musique

"Spirited and yet very carefully distilled playing."
International Record Review

"Fidelity to what the score says is impeccable."
Classical Music Magazine

"Highly gifted...the rich humanity of these priceless miniatures is joyfully relished."
International Piano

Recently praised by the New Yorker as an "adventurous pianist" who "likes his music on the brainy side,” Ivan Ilić is rapidly gaining a strong international reputation.

A disciple of the legendary François-René Duchâble, Ivan has earned support from the American Foundation in Paris, the Karić Foundation in Belgrade, the University of Illinois, and the Nadia Boulanger Foundation in Paris. He recently completed a one-year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts.

Ivan started music studies at age 6 and gave his recital debut at 11. He went on to take degrees in music and mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley before leaving for Paris with a fellowship from the University.

Shortly afterwards Ivan was admitted to the esteemed Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, where he took a Premier Prix in piano performance, followed by a Diplôme à l’Unanimité from the École Normale de Musique in Paris. At age 20 he launched a solo recital career that has taken him throughout Europe.

Ivan's playing is often broadcast on television and radio in America, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and Serbia. The City of Paris sponsored his first recording.

Projects for 2008 included new works written for Ivan by Keeril Makan and Dmitri Tymoczko, a new recording of Debussy's Préludes, and multiple tours of France, Ireland, and Britain.

Over 60 solo engagements for 2007 included recital debuts in Boston, Washington, Dublin, Bristol, Glasgow, and Cardiff, in addition to festivals throughout Europe. In June 2008 Ivan gave his Carnegie Hall recital debut; his Wigmore Hall début will take place in July 2009.

For more information please visit www.IvanCDG.com


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Classical Source, UK

Admirable Poise
"Ilic can join the best exponents of these evocative and sound-conscious pieces. He plays with admirable poise and clearly relishes both the evocative and expressive powers within each one. He also commands a wide range of colour and dynamics, both essential to painting pictures...There is no shortage of imagination in Ilić’s playing but he doesn’t overdo the imagery or the potential for sentimentality; nor does he force the more dramatic numbers and his articulation (as throughout) is impressive...Ilic brings individuality to his task that makes for persuasive listening and this is a release that I am pleased to have and recommend."

Mike Sullivan

Pianophiles out there who like unusual new discoveries will love it
This is probably not the best recording to choose if you only want one version of the Debussy preludes, because it's so unusual. It would be like only knowing Bach through Glenn Gould (which, come to think of it, wouldn't be that bad). It would best work as a complement to other recordings. My personal favorite, although there are only a few preludes, is by Ivan Moravec.

That said, this CD is superb. Ilic has an unusual esthetic style with respect to the preludes, and it's hard to do anything else while the music is playing in the background. I find myself constantly turning the sound back up. The playing ranges from virile to wondrously supple, to spectacular. It's great bang for your buck at over 75 minutes of music (usually the preludes come on 2 CDs)

Pianophiles out there who like unusual new discoveries will love it.