DEBUSSY IN PICTURES
I have been waiting for the moment to record Debussy’s music for some time. While playing his pieces I had the urge to keep playing, to keep discovering the colours, the touch, almost trying to reach for a perfection, which of course is not possible; and the further I went, the deeper I looked, I kept discovering endless possibilities for fantasy, and the images flew one after another into my head.
I did not want my next album to be just the next album; I wanted to do something useful and as we are often discussing the lack of classical music education among children and young people, I decided to do something about it from my side and organized workshops mostly for children, but also for adults.
I decided that the best way for me to awaken musical interest in children, to really lead them through music, was via drawings, so I asked them to close their eyes, to listen to the sound, rhythm, harmony, melody and imagine what would it look like if this piece was a drawing or a painting. Debussy’s music was perfect for this project, as he gives you endless space for imagination. The result was unexpected even for me, the enthusiasm that I saw in my young public’s eyes and the range of fantasy was truly amazing.
I worked with more than 200 children and received more than 200 beautiful drawings. I may not have changed the world, but at least I opened the doors to music to some children and I hope they will follow the route to this beautiful Muse throughout the years.
© Nino Gvetadze 29.10.2013
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Carsten Dürer - Piano News magazine (Germany) - July/August 2014
"...I hope to hear much more from Nino Gvetadze, and especially in the French repertoire. The recorded sound is stunningly natural at every level and the booklet notes by Joanna Wyld are a model."
Charles Timbrell - International Record Review - April 2014
"...This is story-telling of beguiling intimacy."
Jeremy Nicholas - Gramophone magazine - April 2014