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Shostakovich, Liszt, Prokofiev: Concertos / Lise De La Salle


Release Date: 02/26/2008 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5053   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichFranz LisztSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Gábor BoldoczkiLise De la Salle
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Recording of the Month

Expectations fully met in the glittering playing of a remarkable young pianist

With this scintillating and eagerly awaited recording, 19-year-old Lise de Ia Salle makes her concerto debut on disc. Once again her performances are of the highest quality, her rushes of adrenalin balanced by her precise calibration and control. Even with front-runners such as Argerich and Hamelin in the Shostakovich she holds her own, combining her freshness and ebullience with many personal and enchanting touches.

In the Liszt she is fearless in the face of every treacherous obstacle, but is also romantic and
Read more free-wheeling in the Quasi adiigio. The Allegro vivace is acutely focused rather than given with a weaker if more familiar balletic grace, and in the finale de La Salle's ultra-brilliance and vivacity are very much her own. Indeed, she makes you imagine Liszt's delight if he had been able to hear such youthful aplomb.

Again, de la Salle is off like the proverbial greyhound at Prokofiev's first poco phi mosso yet she also captures all of the central Andante assai's bittersweet, faux romanticism. By her own confession, and unconsciously echoing Arthur Rubinstein, de la Salle believes that artists should nourish their playing with outside interests, with life itself, if it is to do more than sound sterile or self-absorbed, and all her performances on this very special disc refreshingly confirm her philosophy. She is admirably recorded and partnered by Lawrence Foster, while trumpeter Gthor Boldoczki joins in her sense of fim and mischief in the Shostakovich.

– Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [4/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Gábor Boldoczki (Trumpet), Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lise De la Salle (Piano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; Russia 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato - Allegro vivace - Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35: II. Lento
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35: III. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35: IV. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124/R455: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124/R455: II. Quasi adagio
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124/R455: III. Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124/R455: IV. Allegro marziale animato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10: I. Allegro brioso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10: II. Andante assai
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10: III. Allegro scherzando

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