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Mozart, Prokofiev / Lise De La Salle


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5080   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lise De la Salle
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A young pianistic talent surely born for both Mozart and Prokofiev

Young talent does not come more brilliantly or ardently alive than this. Clearly designed to demonstrate this 19-year-old pianist’s versatility, Naïve’s album showcases her in radically different composers and finds her equally persuasive in both. De la Salle is tremulously expressive in Mozart’s A minor Rondo, making every bar pulse and breathe with a special life and prophecy of romantic things to come. She revels in the bustle and ceremony of the D major Sonata, K284. Hear her enviable perle in the last-movement Vars 1 and 3, her change to minor-key contemplation in Var 7, in
Read more the florid musings of Var 11 – and in her pinpoint definition and character in the K265 Variations – and here you surely have a young pianist born for Mozart.

But then she is no less successful in Prokofiev’s diablerie, finding time, despite her headlong tempo, for piquant asides in the Toccata, for a loving romantic dalliance in parts of the Third Sonata and for a reminder in her selection from Romeo and Juliet of delicacy and affection beneath Prokofiev’s outwardly prickly and intractable nature...All things being equal, she is clearly on the threshold of a major career. Her freshness and vitality are already something very special.

-- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [8/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rondo for Piano no 3 in A minor, K 511 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Variations (12) for Piano in C major on "Ah vous dirai-je maman", K 265 (300e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1781 - 1782). 
3.
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1917; Russia 
5.
Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75: Excerpt(s) by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 no feeling September 10, 2013 By daniel brodsley (Van Nuys, CA) See All My Reviews "I can only criticize the Mozart A minor Rondo, which was the only piece I heard on the KUSC-FM radio broadcast. I regret that I found her performance of this most profound, intense and chromatic composition that Mozart ever wrote stiff, mechanical and graceless. The tempi were too fast, the dynamics monochromatic and mostly unrelievedly loud, and the tone quality, articulation, and character completely lacking in sensitivity and imagination. She may as well have been playing the keys with a broomstick for all the charmless superficiality she displayed. This performance does not deserve even one star. Phooey!" Report Abuse
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