Abdel Rahman El Bacha

Biography

Born: 1958; Beirut, Lebanon  
France-based Lebanese pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha is among the leading Classical pianists to have emerged from the Middle East in the latter decades of the twentieth century. His technique is astounding and his repertory vast, encompassing the complete concerto cycles of Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Bartók; all the solo works of Chopin and Ravel; the 32 sonatas of Beethoven; and vast chunks of the outputs of Mozart and Schumann. El Bacha has Read more recorded extensively for various labels, including Forlane, Fuga Libera, and Naxos.

El Bacha was born in Beirut in 1958. His father was a successful composer and his mother a singer, despite her inability to read music. By the age of six El Bacha could play the piano and at nine he began serious keyboard studies with Marguerite Long pupil Zvart Sarkassian. The following year he appeared in his first concert with an orchestra performing the Bach D minor Concerto.

At 13 he gave his first recital, at the American University of Beirut recital hall, before an audience that included embassy officials from France, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. As a result of its great success, he was offered scholarships to study in each of those three countries, and the young pianist chose France. There, at the Paris Conservatory, he studied under Pierre Sancan, from 1974.

El Bacha won a string of prizes in competitions in the coming years, but his greatest victory came in June 1978 when he won first prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium. He made his first recording in 1981, Early Works of Prokofiev, on the Forlane label, which was released the following year. For this premiere effort, the pianist received the 1983 Grand Prix of the Academie Charles Cros; the composer's widow, Lina Prokofiev, presented the award.

El Bacha steadily built his career throughout the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in major concert venues (Salzburg, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Munich, and throughout Russia, Japan, and the Americas) and making numerous recordings. In March 2002 in Nantes, France, El Bacha stunned his admirers when he gave 16 concerts over a six-day period performing all the solo works of Chopin. Among El Bacha' later recordings was a 2005 set of the five Prokofiev piano concertos on the Fuga Libera label. The performances are unusual since they were derived from a pair of live concerts from September 2004. Read less

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Born: 1958; Beirut, Lebanon  
France-based Lebanese pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha is among the leading Classical pianists to have emerged from the Middle East in the latter decades of the twentieth century. His technique is astounding and his repertory vast, encompassing the complete concerto cycles of Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Bartók; all the solo works of Chopin and Ravel; the 32 sonatas of Beethoven; and vast chunks of the outputs of Mozart and Schumann. El Bacha has Read more
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I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
IV. Prestissimo
I. Allegro vivace
II. Largo appassionato
III. Scherzo (Allegretto)
IV. Rondo Grazioso
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo (Allegro)
IV. Allegro assai
I. Andante
II. Rondo (Allegro)
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Tempo di menuetto
I. Allegro molto e con brio
II. Largo con gran espressione
III. Allegro
IV. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso)
I. Allegro molto e con brio
II. Adagio molto
III. Finale (prestissimo)
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Finale (presto)
I. Presto
II. Largo e mesto
III. Menuetto (Allegro)
IV. Rondo (Allegro)
I. Grave ? Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo (Allegro)
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Rondo (Allegro commodo)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo (Allegro assai)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molto espressione
III. Menuetto
IV. Rondo (Allegretto)
I. Andante con variazioni
II. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
III. Marcia funebre "sulla morte d?un eroe" (Maestoso)
IV. Allegro
I. Andante - Allegro - Andante
II. Allegro molto e vivace
III. Adagio con espressione Allegro vivace - Tempo I - Presto
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
IV. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio grazioso
III. Rondo (Allegretto)
I. Largo - Allegro
II. Adagio 0?00
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
III. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso)
IV. Presto con fuoco
I. Allegro con brio
II. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
III. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)
I. In tempo di menuetto
II. Allegretto - Più Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro ma non tr, Oppo - Presto
I. Presto alla tedesca
II. Andante
III. Vivace
I. Les Adieux (Adagio - Allegro)
II. L?Absence (Andante espressivo)
III. Le Retour (Vivacissimamente - poco Andante - Tempo I)
I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck (Allegro)
II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen (Rondo)
I. Allegretto ma non tr, Oppo
II. Vivace alla marcia
III. Adagio, ma non tr, Oppo, con affetto
IV. Tempo del primo pezzo
V. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo (Assai vivace)
III. Adagio sostenuto (Appassionato e con molto sentimento)
IV. Largo
V. Allegro risoluto (fuga a tre voci, con alcune licenze)
I. Vivace, ma non tr, Oppo - Adagio espressivo
II. Prestissimo
III. Andante (Molto cantabile ed espressivo)
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio ma non tr, Oppo - Fuga, Allegro ma non tr, Oppo
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed passionato
II. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
I. Andantino - Allegretto
II. Scherzo: Vivace
III. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Allegro tempestoso
I. Allegro con brio
II. Moderato ben accentuato
III. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco
IV. Larghetto
V. Vivo
I. Allegro brioso
II. Andante assai
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Moderato
IV. Vivace
I. Andante - Allegro
II. Tema con variazioni
III. Allegro ma non troppo


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