Gentle revolutions In recent years, the concertgoing public and record collectors have come to know you mainly for your interpretations of the works of Beethoven. A composer who was revolutionary in many respects and who opened the door to literally unheard- of musical worlds. Was it not also this interest in the emergence of new languages that led you to couple the works of Claude Debussy and Tristan Murail on this album? François-Frédéric Guy — After Beethoven, the whole question of writing music was reappraised. That process concerns my own instrument, the piano, as much as the symphony and chamber music. Brouillards – that ‘misting over’ or ‘blurring’ of a childish melody in C major which is the first piece in Debussy’s Second Book of Préludes – is rightly regarded as among the foundational works of the music of our time. To link Debussy with the writing of Tristan Murail is to place musical evolution in a historical logic of sonic upheavals.