Debussy - Preludes Book 2 (2016)

Debussy

Ilya Itin

The process of recording has an almost grueling intensity which adds another dimension to a performer’s search for the music’s essence. The notion of music being “frozen architecture” becomes even more meaningful when we deal with recorded music. We try, perhaps in vain, to capture the ineffable. Isn’t that what great music does? Debussy takes an ordinary moment, a “cell” of life, as in a hint at the Marseillaise in the final Prelude, and imbues it with a sense of eternity and otherworldly significance. Debussy himself is “recording” human experience, revealing veiled messages ranging from bemused comedy to the shards of a shattered universe. Ever fascinating and often terrifying... 

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Ilya Itin

Audiences throughout the world revere Ilya Itin’s unique artistry. Playing to sold out houses in Asia and the US, he is known for his extraordinary range, quality of sound and powerful command of the piano. His recent Princeton recital was singled out as a “top ten musical moment of the year” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in the New York Times he was described as: “...a brilliantly insightful pianist who offered a superb recital “.

Since capturing the Gold Medal, BBC Audience Award, and Contempo- rary Music Prize at the 1996 Leeds International Piano Competition, Ilya Itin has performed throughout the world bringing his powerful musical imagination and mastery to wide ranging repertoire. “I’d go to hear him play the phonebook,” remarked BBC TV critic Ian Burnside.
Ilya Itin has performed with many of the world’s great conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Neemi Jarvi, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yakov Kreizberg, Vassily Sinaisky, Valery Polyansky, and Mikhail Pletnev, with orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Phil- harmonic, the Tokyo Symphony, the National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the China National Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of India; the Mexico City Philharmonic; and the Rochester Philharmonic.
Mr. Itin is a sought after teacher giving master classes throughout Asia, and in Princeton, Miami, and New York. His students have garnered top prizes in international competitions, and awards at the most competitive conservatories in the US and Asia.
Born in Yekaterinburg, Russia, his piano studies began at the Sverdlovsk School for the Gifted with Natalia Litvinova. He went on to graduate from the Moscow Conservatory with the highest honors, working with legend- ary teacher Lev Naumov. Mr. Itin won his first major piano competition
as a student at the Conservatory, taking second place in the 1990 Russian National Rachmaninov Competition. Soon after, he won top honors in the William Kapell Competition, followed by First Prize, and the Special Chopin Prize at the Casadesus Competition (Cleveland Competition), and the Best Performance of a Work of Mozart, Best Prokofiev Performance, and Third Prize at the Gina Bachauer Competition. 

Ilya Itin resides in Tokyo, Japan, and New York City where he is on the teaching faculties of the Musashino Academy, Tokyo, the Academy of the Miami International Piano Festival and the Golandsky Institute.

photo: from artist's website

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Debussy - Preludes Book 2 (2016)

Debussy

Ilya Itin

    Stereophile

I finished my listening to this admittedly super-expensive system with a live DSD 256 recording of a Debussy piece by Russian pianist Ilya Itin decoded by the Merging Technologies Merging+NADAC DAC — Double wow!!

John Atkinson[read full review]

    Positive Feedback

An acid test! If you want to see how your system really handles a recording of performing brilliance and extraordinary dynamics, then Ilya Itin, a Steinway Contract Artist, recorded directly to Quad DSD by the team of Thom Moore and Robert Friedrich will certainly do it! The quiet passages are amazing, but the occasional thunderous moments will knock you back in your seat! This is one of the most fantastic piano recordings that I know of, combining Debussy (another favorite of mine) with an artist whose interpretation of the Preludes has become my current ne plus ultra. If you don't have this recording in its native Quad DSD, then you are missing out quite seriously, amigo! Can't handle Quad DSD? Then get yourself a Quad DSD DAC!

David Robinson[read full review]

    Daily Telegraph, London

Itin’s is a rare and exciting artistry indeed…poised, pure, and ravishing in its range of color, Itin’s playing is a prime example of a superb technique put at the service of an inquiring and imaginative mind.

    Living The Classical Life

I don’t think I shall soon hear a greater performance of Debussy in my life.

Zsolt Bognar

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My conclusion? Simple, really: The Wave Kinetics Records two-album set is truly the finest, most right-on performance of Debussy's Preludes I have ever heard, with the most outstanding production and audio engineering of a solo piano that I've ever experienced. Frankly, I consider it to be worthy of a The GRAMMYs Award, for both its performance and for its production values. I hope that Wave Kinetics Records pursues this recognition for its sterling work here. Regardless of whether you're listing to Ilya Itin's Debussy Preludes on a major full-range system, or via headphones, or anything in between, you'll hear what I mean. This is a true world-class reference album, a modern classic in our own time. Those of you who have Quad DSD playback will definitely want to add this to your collection; you'll listen to it again and again. Debussy lovers, attention: Ilya Itin is a brilliant artist! And if you don't have Quad DSD playback capabilities yet, what the hell are you waiting for?! Given the proliferation of Quad DSD playback over the past several years, there is no excuse for you live without this supreme audiophile reference format. These two album downloads all by themselves justify making an upgrade…but there are many more Quad DSD recordings available now, as well.

David W. Robinson[read full review]

Debussy - Preludes Book 2 (2016)

Debussy

Ilya Itin

Digital Converters: Horus
Mastering Engineer: Robert Friedrich—Five/Four Productions
Microphones: Sanken CO100
Mixing Board: Millenia Mix Suite
Producer: Thomas C. Moore - Five/Four Productions
Recording Engineer: Robert Friedrich—Five/Four Productions
Recording location: The New York Academy of Arts and Letters
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD256

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Brouillards
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Feuilles mortes
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La Puerta del Vino
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Les Fes sont d'exquises danseuses
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Bruyeres
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General Lavine
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Canope
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Les tierces alternees
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