Debussy Preludes with Ilya Itin Bundle

Ilya Itin

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Debussy - Preludes Book 1

Debussy - Preludes Book 2

Debussy’s Preludes are divided into two parts. Book I was composed in a short time between December 1909 and February 1910. Each Prelude has a title. Debussy took great care in assigning these titles, and several contain quotations from various poems. The titles are placed at the end of each prelude, a deliberate decision by Debussy that was meant to suggest the mood of each piece.

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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Release Date October 13, 2020

Debussy - Preludes Book 1

Label

SKU

WVK001

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Composers

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Digital Converters

Horus

Mastering Engineer

Robert Friedrich—Five/Four Productions

Microphones

Sanken CO100

Mixing Board

Millenia Mix Suite

Original Recording Format

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 (Pyramix 11.2 DSD Recorder)

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD256

Release Date August 26, 2016

Debussy - Preludes Book 2

Label

SKU

WVK002

Qualities

, ,

Channels

Artists

Composers

Genres

,

Digital Converters

Horus

Mastering Engineer

Robert Friedrich—Five/Four Productions

Microphones

Sanken CO100

Mixing Board

Millenia Mix Suite

Original Recording Format

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

Release Date August 26, 2016

Press reviews

Positive Feedback 5 out of 5

My conclusion? Simple, really: The Wave Kinetics Records two-album set is truly the finest, the 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 The Grammy Award, for both its performance and 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 DSD 256 (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.

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