JERRY WONG

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DEBUSSY - OF MOTION AND DANCE

DEBUSSY - OF MOTION AND DANCE

Piano Music

Claude Debussy

JERRY WONG, piano

[MS1678]

$12.95

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REVIEWS
“The celebrated American pianist Jerry Wong doesn’t come out with a new album every year, but when he does it’s one to remember... [an] intelligently compiled album. An artist who can present with equal persuasiveness figures as diverse as Debussy and Prokofiev (as he did the latter in his earlier MSR release) must compel our admiration.”
Phil Muse, Atlanta Audio Club [November 2018]
“eloquent… sensitivity and a finely honed sense of style”
Martin Bernheimer
“clean technique, forthright sound and a straight forward approach to classical textures”
The Orange County Register
PROGRAM NOTES
The piano music of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is significant, varied and timelessly endearing. Writing for the piano allowed the revolutionary composer an opportunity to explore groundbreaking ideas, both harmonically and pianistically. A honing of compositional technique is apparent in these works, alongside a clear fascination with the wide-ranging potential of the piano as an instrument. Examples abound of Debussy’s so-called “impressionistic” style, a term befitted upon his music by art critics, and not the composer himself. The technical element of Debussy’s craft is but one intriguing aspect. More immediate to the listener is the radiance of color, the vividness of each character and the communication of something deeply personal.

Pianist Jerry Wong has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in prestigious settings, including Weill Recital Hall in New York City, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Severance Hall in Cleveland, Shriver Hall in Baltimore, PianoForte in Chicago, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and in the National Concert Hall of Taipei and Opera City Hall in Tokyo. In summer, Wong is co-director of the Piano Institute at Kent State and a member of the Kent Blossom Music Festival faculty. Frequently sought after as adjudicator, clinician and lecturer, his has presented master classes at noted institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Northwestern University and University of Michigan. Internationally, he has given classes at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Sichuan Conservatory in China, Tainan National University of Arts in Taiwan, and Yong Sieh Tow Conservatory in Singapore. He has presented lecture recitals at Music Teachers National Association conferences, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Music Teachers Association of California and the West Virginia University Piano Festival. Also active as an author, his work includes liner notes for Music Minus One, reviews of several CDs for MSNBC, a chapter in The Pianist’s Craft 2 and articles in Clavier Companion. Wong’s performances, recordings and interviews have been widely broadcast on radio and television. A graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Wong’s teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Byron Janis, Ann Schein and Sara Davis Buechner. He presently holds the position of Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at Kent State University in Ohio. Jerry Wong is a Steinway Artist.

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PROGRAM
CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Des pas sur la neige (Préludes, Book I)
Snow is Dancing (Children’s Corner)
La sérénade interrompue (Préludes, Book I)
Serenade of the Doll (Children’s Corner)
Danseuses de Delphes (Préludes, Book I)
La danse de Puck (Préludes, Book I)
Berceuse héroïque
Jimbo’s Lullaby (Children’s Corner)

SUITE BERGAMASQUE
I. Prélude
II. Menuet
III. Clair de lune
IV. Passepied

Valse romantique
La plus que lente
Mazurka
Danse – Tarantelle Styrienne
Minstrels (Préludes, Book I)
Général Lavine – eccentric (Préludes, Book II)
 



MSR Classics
PROKOFIEV: PIANO MUSIC
PROKOFIEV: PIANO MUSIC

JERRY WONG

[MS1357]