Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Dejan Lazic sometimes strikes me as sort of like Ivo Pogorelich with the sonority of Olli Mustonen. Certainly his dry timbre and occasional fits of willfulness recall those artists, though he obviously has the right sense of humor for Haydn and early Beethoven. Haydn's very funny Sonata No. 50 gets a zippy performance with a finale that may seem too fast but that catches all of the jokes, thanks to clean articulation and excellent timing. The great E-flat major sonata (No. 52) receives one of its finer performances on disc, one attentive to the first movement's massive sonorities and also responsive to the important writing for left hand in the finale.
Reaction to the Beethoven Second Piano Concerto will to some extent
be conditioned by your impression of Lazic's freewheeling, personally composed cadenza in the opening movement. I found it witty and compelling and a refreshing change of pace, and the live performance otherwise clearly scales the work as coming from Haydn's school rather than in anticipation of later developments. The slow movement doesn't dawdle and the finale has terrific energy and real sparkle from the soloist, with Heribert Beissel a lively accompanist and the Klassiche Philharmonie Bonn enthusiastic in its support."
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Reviewing original release Channel Classics 19703
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Bonn Telekom Classical Philharmonic
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria
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