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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Of Tunisian birth, the 33-year-old Jean-Marc Luisada studied at the Menuhin School in England and the Paris Conservatoire with teachers including Marcel Ciampi and Denyse Riviêre, subsequently hitting the headlines as second prize-winner in the 1983 Dino Ciani Competition in Italy. He now follows an earlier mixed Chopin recital (Laser Light/Target—not reviewed in these pages) with 17 of the composer's 19 waltzes. His heart is plainly no less involved in the undertaking than his stalwart fingers, and always he plays as if determined that we shall enjoy the music as much as he does. But as we all know, this is a highly competitive field. And I'm bound to say that some of his legendary rivals do make you just a little more aware of what
Schumann meant when writing that if these waltzes had been intended for the ballroom (which they were not, of course), half of the lady dancers would have had to be countesses.
In his pursuit of expression Luisada never resorts to over-extreme tempo change for sectional mood contrast; each waltz coheres as a whole. But I felt that some of his detailed pointmaking was over-emphatic, his phrasing less than subtle. How much more Rubinstein's comparatively classical simplicity tugs at the heart-strings in the C sharp minor waltz, Op. 64 No. 2, and again in the B minor of Op. 69 No. 2. And how much more scintillating the Op. posth. E flat (like several others too) sounds from the mercurial yet meticulously disciplined Lipatti. In sum, Luisada still needs a little more fingertip magic and finesse (not least in Op. 34 No. 3, Op. 42 and Op. 64 No. 1) to hold his own with Chopin specialists like Ashkenazy and Vasdry, Kahn and Alexeev as well as the incomparable Rubinstein and Lipatti. But as I've already intimated, his romantic warmth and drive are likeably youthful. And at his most poised—as in the A minor waltz, Op. 34, No. 2, the A flat waltz nicknamed "L'Adieu", Op. 69, No. 1 and the four posthumously published waltzes—there are pre-echoes of the Luisada who could well woo us all in a few years time. The recording itself is firm and true.
-- Gramophone [5/1991]
Works on This Recording
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Jean-Marc Luisada (Piano)
Length: 13 Minutes 42 Secs.
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