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Bach, Liszt / Lise De La Salle


Release Date: 05/17/2005 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5006   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFranz Liszt
Performer:  Lise De la Salle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Recording of the Month

A teenage pianist demonstrates her remarkable range and artistry

Sixteen-year-old Lise de la Salle follows her earlier record of Rachmaninov and Ravel (8/03) with a richly enterprising recital of Bach, Bach/Busoni, Bach/Liszt and Liszt. Placing all my cards firmly on the table, I must say that I have rarely heard a young pianist so in love with music, so memorably and naturally immersed in the task in hand. Music is, quite simply, her world; she moves within its realm as naturally as a fish swims or a bird flies. Above all there is nothing of the chill studio about readings which have all the ease and
Read more abounding grace, the freshness and vitality of live performances. Her way with Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue matches a breathtaking fluency with an open-hearted delight whether in exuberance or introspection. What quiet strength and resolve she brings to her Bach/Busoni. Such poise and serenity would be remarkable at any age and so, too, is her enviable lucidity and musicianship in the Bach/Liszt A minor Prelude and Fugue.

This transition takes us to Liszt himself and to playing which is, once again, the reverse of freakish or the product of an over-zealous or ambitious Svengali-like teacher. De la Salle chooses the earlier, more transparent version of La lugubre gondole, from her the acme of bleakness and despondency, most notably in the final pages where Liszt's baleful melody rises above shuddering tremolandi only to fade into oblivion. The First Mephisto Waltz moves away from 'Bach's rational, confident faith' to 'a demonic whirlwind of sharply contrasting sections, lascivious, heathen, and tumultuous' (Manuel Brug's engaging notes) and here de la Salle shows a scintillating sense of Liszt's diablerie. The recitative before the explosive coda, where the nightingales sing their hearts out, is given with a rapt sense of occasion, another example of this young pianist's range and artistry. Excellently recorded, Lise de la Salle is a talent in a million.

– Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [8/2005]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata in D major, BWV 912 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 2, St Francis de Paule walks on water by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
5.
La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (1st version) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Rome, Italy 
6.
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
7.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni. 
8.
Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni. 
9.
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Franz Liszt. 

Sound Samples

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903: Fantasia
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903: Fugue
18 Chorales, BWV 651-668, "Leipziger Chorale" (arr. F. Busoni for piano): Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (arr. F. Busoni)
Toccata in D major, BWV 912
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. F. Busoni): Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. F. Busoni)
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543: Fuga
2 Legendes, S175/R17: No. 2. St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots
Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Sonnet 104 of Petrarch)
La lugubre gondola, S200/R81, "Elegie No. 3" (1st version): La lugubre gondola, S200/R81
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S514/R181, "Mephisto Waltz No. 1"

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