Claude Debussy: Images I & II – Simon Trpčeski


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Warner Classics

13 Μαΐου 2024

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Claude Achille Debussy:Arabesque No. 1Arabesque No. 2Children's CornerClair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)Images for orchestraL'isle joyeuse


Simon Trpčeski (Piano)

“They still exist, the recordings that make you rub your ears in amazement and ask yourself: How can it be that a work that countless pianists have tried their hand at is suddenly captured so effortlessly perfectly on CD by a young newcomer?” What the classical music website klassik. com writes about the young Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski is not an isolated opinion: EMI “really landed a big fish” with him, according to Stereoplay, where the Chopin recording released in 2007 was named CD of the month.


Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2010

“Simon Trpceski turns to Debussy’s withdrawn poetry and fantasy with an ease and delicacy that suggest, once more, a wholly exceptional artist.

He is, perhaps above all, harmonically aware, with every change of colour and sonority subtly underpinned, making you doubly aware of Debussy’s chiaroscuro, his infinite play of light and shade. The First Arabesque could hardly be more charming or insinuating, the Second thrown off with all the requisite perkiness and vivacity.

In Children’s Corner Trpceski’s ‘Dr Gradus’ is truly modérément and a far cry from a once fashionable virtuoso rush as well as much received French wisdom. His ‘Golliwogg’ is superbly cantankerous and up-front, though with plenty of sly winks and nudges when required, and in extreme contrast, in ‘Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut’ (Images, Bk 2) you will hear an ideally balanced chording and a tonal translucency inseparable from great Debussy-playing.

The end, too (pianissimo and lointain) is memorably evocative. True, there is a momentary loss of focus at the end of ‘Poissons d’or’ where the final shift of emphasis is blurred, but such tiny lapses are like spots on the sun. Trpceski’s way with ‘Clair de lune’ makes you long to hear him in the complete Suite bergamasque.

Gramophone Magazine March 2008

“Following his fire-eating Chopin recital, Simon Trpceski retreats into Debussy’s more withdrawn poetry and fantasy with an ease and delicacy that suggest, once more, a wholly exceptional artist.

The Toronto Star

[Of Images Book II] He [Simon Trpceski] turned ordinary notes into gently shimmering cascades of colour, finally building up to the rollicking, occasionally jazzy ‘Poissons d’or.’ His playing was so perfect that it took an effort to remember to breathe while listening.

FonoForum 08/08:

“Now Simon Trpceski also shows us, that the seemingly loosely structured world of this “play corner” the mixture of innocence and calculation in these six pieces of innocence and calculation, these six pieces can hardly be trpceski plays them with such so energetically pointed that they are almost as difficult for Eleven to as difficult to play as his surname is to pronounce The “Doctor Gradus ad Panassum” has no need for etudes with such furious No longer needs any etudes, and the puppet serenade dances like a also dances like a marionette in the black light more intricate “Images” also find a brilliant curator in Trpceski, who a brilliant curator who knows his way around clouds as well as on clouds as well as on the surface of the sea.”