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Kun Woo Paik Plays Liszt, Poulenc, Debussy, Satie


Release Date: 06/27/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61757   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LisztFrancis PoulencClaude DebussyErik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Approaches to the piano music of Liszt are as endless as the performers who tackle it. They vary from bravura displays of technique to pedantic exercises, with little agreement among pianists. Kun Woo Paik, however, is indisputably one of the better interpreters of Liszt to record in recent years. Paik has an uncanny understanding of the composer and his use of virtuosity to further the expressive possibilities of the piano and the musicians themselves. The interpretations here of some of Liszt's most challenging and deep music are extraordinary. Paik has complete mastery of the challenges involved (which can be enormous) and yet it is only noticed if one listens very carefully, for the music itself is what is heard: the emotion, the Read more sublimity, the raw power.
Liszt, as a forward-thinking composer, is a logical choice to pair with early 20th-century composers Poulenc, Satie and Debussy. Equally deft with this music, Paik brings off the music of these French composers with skill, utilizing unique and bold tempi in "Clair de Lune" among others. The programming is exciting as well, making for a satisfying and complete piano set that must be heard more than once.
REVIEWS:
International Record Review (5/00, p.81) - "...The Satie selections fare best, as Paik projects their ironic subtexts with unorthodox yet convincingly outsized dynamics, plus stark melodic profiling....he brings a freshly minted, proportioned deliberation to the familiar 'Trois Gymnopédies' that keeps one's ears glued to the stereo..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 2, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse": no 4, Au bord d'une source by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1854; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5.
Variations on "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" (JS Bach) for Piano, S 180 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6.
Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 3, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8.
Nocturnes (8) for Piano: no 1 in C major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
9.
Nocturnes (8) for Piano: no 5 in D minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1938; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
10.
Nocturnes (8) for Piano: no 6 in G major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1938; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
11.
Presto for Piano in B flat major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
12.
Improvisations (10) for Piano, FP 63: no 10 in F major "Eloge des gammes" by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
13.
Improvisations (2) for Piano, FP 113: no 2 in E flat major "Hommage à Schubert" [no 12] by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
14.
Improvisation for Piano no 15 in C minor, FP 176 "Hommage à Edith Piaf" by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
15.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano: no 2 in D flat major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
16.
Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 1, Prélude by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 2, Sarabande by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
18.
Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 3, Toccata by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
19.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 4, Lent by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 5, Modéré by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
21.
Ogives (4) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
22.
Ogives (4) for Piano: no 2 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
23.
Descriptions automatiques: no 1, Sur un vaisseau by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
24.
Descriptions automatiques: no 3, Sur un casque by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
25.
Chapitres tournés en tous sens: no 1, Celui qui parle trop by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
26.
Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois: no 3, Españaña by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
27.
Embryons desséchés: no 2, d'Edriophthalma by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
28.
Embryons desséchés: no 3, de Podophthalma by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
29.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
30.
Mouvements perpétuels (3) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
31.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
32.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 2, Lent et triste by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
33.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 3, Lent et grave by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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