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Bruce Liu

Waves - Music of Rameau, Ravel, Alkan

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: November 3, 2023

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1 Rameau: Gavotte et six doubles, RCT 5/7: Gavotte  
2 Var. 1  
3 Var. 2  
4 Var. 3  
5 Var. 4  
6 Var. 5  
7 Var. 6  
8 Alkan: Recueil de chants, Op. 65: No. 6, Barcarolle  
9 Rameau: Les sauvages, RCT 6/14  
10 Ravel: Miroirs, M. 43: No. 1, Noctuelles  
11 No. 2, Oiseaux tristes  
12 No. 3, Une barque sur l'océan  
13 No. 4, Alborada del gracioso  
14 No. 5, La vallée des cloches  
15 1  
16 Var. 8 - Var. 13 01:49  
17 Var. 14 - Var. 16  
18 Var. 17 - Var. 18  
19 Le festin d'Ésope: Var. 19 - Var. 20  
20 Le festin d'Ésope: Var. 21 - Var. 24  
21 Le festin d'Ésope: Var. 25  
22 Rameau: Les tendres plaintes—Rondeau, RCT 3/1  
23 Rameau: Les cyclopes—Rondeau, RCT 3/8  
24 Rameau: Menuets, RCT 6/3-4  
25 Rameau: La poule, RCT 6  
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Victory at the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in October 2021 turned Bruce Liu into a worldwide sensation. Deutsche Grammophon’s live album of his competition recordings was released to rave reviews the following month, and the Canadian-Chinese pianist became an exclusive DG artist in March 2022. He released a series of Rameau and Chopin singles in 2022, and an acclaimed interpretation of J.S. Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in April this year (“[a] carefully conceived and superbly played reading” As a result, he has already amassed over 25 million streams across all platforms.

Liu has now recorded his much-anticipated debut studio album, its repertoire spanning two centuries of French keyboard music and including two works new to the DG catalogue. Waves: Music by Rameau · Ravel · Alkan, featuring liner notes by Gramophone editor James Jolly, is out digitally, on CD and vinyl (2 LPs), and as a signed limited-edition deluxe version out today. Three singles with performance videos are also released in advance of the album: the Gavotte from Rameau’s Suite in A minor– coinciding with Liu’s Hollywood Bowl debut; “Une barque sur l’océan” from Ravel’s Miroirs; and the Menuets from Rameau’s Suite in G major on.

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