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Rachmaninov: Piano Trios

Rachmaninov: Piano Trios


Rachmaninov:

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Op. post.

Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9


Lise de la Salle (piano), Bartlomiej Niziol (violin), Claudius Herrmann (cello)

It was in devastation at the sudden death of his champion, idol and close friend Tchaikovsky that Sergei Rachmaninov wrote his Trio élégiaque No. 2 (op. 9) for piano, violin and cello in 1893. The work still clearly shows the young composer’s early artistic influences, while also featuring many of the key elements of his later masterly creations.

As artist-in-residence with the Philharmonia Zurich, French pianist Lise de la Salle has already performed and recorded works by Rachmaninov for piano and orchestra, the latter on Philharmonia Records in 2015. She now follows this up with a studio recording of his Trio élégiaque No. 2 together with its smaller brother, Trio élégiaque No. 1. De la Salle interprets these rarely-recorded chamber music pieces together with Bartlomiej Niziol, first concertmaster and Claudius Herrmann, solo cellist of the Philharmonia Zurich.

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Lise de la Salle plays Schumann

Lise de la Salle plays Schumann


Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Abegg Variations, Op. 1

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


"I’ve always listened to a lot of Schumann. He fascinated me when I was a little girl of six or seven. I’ve always been attracted by the manic side of him, his very individual ‘touch’, and I’ve always loved surrendering myself to his music. I feel very close to it. But although Schumann is one of the composers I get most out of, I waited a long time before I played him ‘seriously’... I think I didn’t want to risk being disappointed by myself. I couldn’t bring myself to imagine that everything I had dreamt about this music might not take shape exactly as I wanted. So I waited until I was completely ready, and that moment came a few years ago. The Fantasie was the apotheosis of those dreams of mine. So I built this programme around it. As for the Kinderszenen, I often played the piece Der Dichter spricht as an encore; I think it’s extraordinarily evocative, yet without any trace of technical demonstration – the power it packs into just a few notes is deeply moving to me. In a recording, I especially like to take the listener by the hand and set out to show him or her the greatest possible number of things. I always try to find a trajectory in my programmes. That’s what we have on this disc: beginning with the Fantasie as my starting-point, I double back to the very start of Schumann’s career with the Abegg Variations, then I follow the course of the short pieces, very varied in atmosphere, that make up the Kinderszenen. A musical journey needs those contrasts, and Schumann draws the essence of emotion from them." Lise de la Salle

At the age of 14, Lise de la Salle's first recording (Ravel, Rachmaninov) marked the start of her collaboration with Naïve.

In 2004, her second album (Bach, Liszt) was named CD of the Month by Gramophone. This was followed in 2007 by a third CD, the First Concertos of Shostakovich, Liszt, and Prokofiev with Lawrence Foster and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, which won the same distinction in Gramophone. In 2008 came a double album of Mozart and Prokofiev featuring a DVD (Lise de la Salle, Majeure!) directed by Jean-Philippe Perrot, which was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine Choice. The year 2010 saw the release of a Chopin recording, featuring the Second Concerto with the Dresden Staatskapelle under Fabio Luisi and the four Ballades. The most recent additions to her discography are a Liszt programme and 'Lise de la Salle: A Portrait.'

“Immaculate in their textual clarity, virtuosic and elegant in tone, these are highly accomplished, keenly considered performances by an artist of conspicuous refinement.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2014 ***

“Her selection is sufficiently individual to make comparison a marginal issue, and so too is her playing, which once more displays a distinctive personal eloquence...For Clara Schumann the Fantasie was beyond wonder. Such unbridled joy is reflected in de la Salle's bold and impassioned response.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

“The ebb and flow of phrases in Variation 2 … is ‘delicious’, as the French would say … surely, this is one of the best recordings of this work … [de la Salle] certainly has the fingers and the arms for almost any task she might undertake, and I look forward very much to following her career.” International Record Review, October 2014

“The intimacy she brings to the smaller pieces — a rapt Träumerei, best known of the Op 15 collection — makes way for her majestic account of Op 17, the composer’s grandest masterpiece for his own instrument.” Sunday Times, 13th July 2014

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La planète piano

La planète piano


Liszt:

Orage (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 5)

Mozart:

Variations (12) on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' in C major, K265

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Say:

Black Earth for piano solo


François Delecour (narrator), Grigory Sokolov, Fazil Say, Bertrand Chamayou, Lise de la Salle, Brigitte Engerer & Jean-François Heisser (pianos)

A WONDERFUL CD BOOK - 44 pages

Discover the world with piano in order of appearance: Felix, the conductor; Mr. Stanislas and his piano factory; Mr. Stambouli for which the hammers and piano keys have no secrets; Mr. Albert and his music lesson; the strange Uncle Barnabas: inventor of the machine to straighten the little fingers, and finally the beautiful Ernestine who will discover her new piano and give the most beautiful concerts ...

François Delecour tells the story of the king of instruments, its narrative punctuated with musical excerpts from Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy. For children c.6 years and upwards.

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Lise de la Salle: A Portrait

Lise de la Salle: A Portrait

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Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903: Fuga

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21; I Maestoso

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

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Liszt:

Ständchen - Leise flehen meine Lieder (No. 7a from Schwanengesang, S560, after Schubert)

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 4 'Mazeppa'

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

DVD

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

DVD

Nuages gris, S199

DVD

Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)

DVD

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 6 in D, K284 "Dürnitz": Allegro

Prokofiev:

Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: The Montagues and the Capulets

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Rachmaninov:

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 1 in C minor

Ravel:

Une barque sur l'océan (Miroirs No. 3)

Schumann:

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

DVD

Posthumous Variations

DVD

Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35: Lento


To celebrate 10 years of recording activity with Lise de la Salle, aged only 24 years-old, with 6 discs under her belt, Naive are delighted to offer this 'best of' that collects an impressive series of outstanding performances in diverse repertoire.

The bonus DVD includes a 93' recital recorded in one of Paris' most beautiful concert places: Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. The programme includes works by Schumann, which Lise de la Salle has recording here for the first time. She continues to develop an impressive international concert schedule, in recital and in concerto.

“De la Salle takes her Steinway to dynamic extremes. The effect is harrowing in the ‘Dante’ sonata, where her evident virtuosity targets a visceral depiction of Hades. The Schumann is magnificently multicoloured, a great interpretation” International Piano, July/August 2013

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Lise de la Salle plays Liszt

Lise de la Salle plays Liszt


Liszt:

Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)

Lacrymosa from Mozarts Requiem, S550

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

Widmung S566 after Schumann (Liebeslied)

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 4 'Mazeppa'

Nuages gris, S199

Ständchen - Leise flehen meine Lieder (No. 7a from Schwanengesang, S560, after Schubert)

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

Isolde's Liebestod (after Wagner), S447


Lise de la Salle’s sixth recording for Naïve comes a year after the release of her highly-praised disc of Chopin. Once again it is dedicated to a composer with an anniversary being celebrated - Franz Liszt, who was born 200 years ago. The CD includes original works such as his Ballade No. 2 and Funérailles, as well as some of Liszt’s numerous arrangements of music by other composers including Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Wagner.

Lise de la Salle was born in 1988 and began studying the piano at the age of four. She gave her first concert at nine, and made her concerto debut in a live broadcast on Radio France at the age of 13. Since 2001 she has pursued an international career that has taken her to such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Hollywood Bowl, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Met Museum in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. At the age of 14, her first recording (V4936) featured the music of Ravel and Rachmaninoff and marked the start of her collaboration with Naïve. In 2004 she released an album of music by Bach and Liszt (V5006) which was ‘CD of the Month’ in Gramophone. This was followed in 2007 by a CD of the First Concertos of Shostakovich, Liszt, and Prokofiev (V5053) with Lawrence Foster and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, which won the same distinction in Gramophone. In 2008 came a double album of Mozart and Prokofiev which was a BBC Music Magazine ‘Choice’, as well as an ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the Gramophone. The year 2010 saw the release of a critically-acclaimed recording of the Piano Concerto No 2 (accompanied by the Dresden Staatskapelle under Fabio Luisi) and the Four Ballades of Chopin (V5215).

De la Salle’s new recording presents a selection of Franz Liszt’s compositions for solo piano that is both eclectic and fairly representative. Large-scale works like the Ballade No 2 in B minor, Funérailles, and Après une lecture du Dante, and shorter pieces such as Nuages gris mix with arrangements of the music of others, including Isolde’s Liebestod by Wagner and Ständchen by Franz Schubert.

“Ms de la Salle is a Lisztian to the manner born. The turbulent passions expressed in the Ballade, Funerailles and Liebestod are powerfully conveyed while Schubert and Schumann song transcriptions are beautifully phrased” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011 ****

“de la Salle gives us a Liszt recital of astonishing strength, poetry and, for one so young, musical maturity. Whether in fist-shaking defiance, radiance or baleful resignation, she is superbly responsive to Liszt's rhetoric in the Dante Sonata. Here, as elsewhere, everything is given time to "speak, to weep and sing and sigh" (part of Liszt's own definition of a true virtuoso).” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

“Lise de la Salle is fully in command of the technical difficulties and much of her playing is exciting” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****

“Lise de la Salle is completely in command of the technical challenges while alive to both the subtleties of phrasing and the raw excitement of the more powerful moments.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 24th October 2011

Presto Disc of the Week

24th September 2011

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2011

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Les musiques de Monet

Les musiques de Monet


Lise de La Salle (piano), Philippe Cassard (piano), Anne Gastinel (cello), Sandrine Piau (soprano), Susan Manoff (piano), Gerard Poulet (violin), Michel Moragues (flute), Dominique Desjardins (double bass), Isabelle Moretti (harp), Pascal Moragues (clarinet), Noel Lee (piano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Daniel Blumenthal (piano), Bernard Kruysen (baritone), Bernard Ringeissen (piano), Ophelie Gaillard (cello), Bruno Fontaine (piano), Jos van Immerseel (piano)

Lyon National Orchestra, Parisii Quartet, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Accentus Chamber Choir, Emmanuel Krivine, David Robertson, Laurence Equilbey

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Chopin: Ballades & Piano Concerto No. 2

Chopin: Ballades & Piano Concerto No. 2


Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Dresden Staatskapelle, Fabio Luisi


The young French pianist Lise de la Salle's new project is one of the event releases of the Chopin bi-centenary year, a recording which couples the famous Four Ballades for solo piano with a live performance of the Second Piano Concerto, performed with one of the best orchestras of the time, the Staatskapelle Dresden, under its former principal conductor Fabio Luisi.

In 2007 the Staatskapelle Dresden was awarded ‘Prize of the European Culture Foundation of the Word’s Musical Heritage’ - the only orchestra in the world ever to have been so honoured. In December 2008, it was selected, as so often in the past, as one of the world's top ten orchestras - this time by Gramophone. The British magazine has also been fulsome in its praise of the pianist: “Lise de la Salle is a talent in a million.”

Lise de la Salle, born in 1988, began studying the piano aged four, gave her first concert at nine, and made her debut with orchestra in Beethoven’s Second Concerto at 13. Since 2001 she has pursued an international career that has taken her to such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Hollywood Bowl, Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Wigmore Hall in London.

At the age of 14, her first recording (Ravel, Rachmaninov) marked the start of her collaboration with Naïve. In 2004, her second album (Bach, Liszt) was named CD of the Month by Gramophone. This was followed in 2007 by a third CD, the First Concertos of Shostakovich, Liszt, and Prokofiev with Lawrence Foster and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, which won the same distinction in Gramophone. In 2008 came a double album of Mozart and Prokofiev featuring a DVD (Lise de la Salle, Majeure!) directed by Jean-Philippe Perrot, which was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine Choice.

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Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35, etc.

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35


Lise de la Salle (piano) & Gabor Baldocki (trumpet)

Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, Lawrence Foster

“With this scintillating and eagerly awaiting recording, 19-year-old Lise de la Salle makes her concerto debut on disc. …performances are of the highest quality.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2008

“Everything about De la Salle's playing is astonishingly mature; technical challenges are met and never highlighted and she is always intent on seeking out the poetry beneath the teeming surfaces. This is distinguished piano playing.” The Guardian

“Liszt Piano Concerto No 1, S124 Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 1, Op 10 Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, Op 35 Lise de la Salle pf Gábor Boldoczki tpt Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, Lisbon / Lawrence Foster Naïve V5053 (60' · DDD) F66” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - April 2008

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Classique & Zen

Classique & Zen

Seventy minutes of peaceful classics, all with the seal of serenity for a tranquil summer


Bach, J S:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio

(version for lute)

Hopkinson Smith (lute)

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique': Adagio cantabile

François-Frédéric Guy (piano)

Chopin:

Largo, Prelude Op. 28 No. 4

Grigory Sokolov (piano)

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 6, Des pas sur le neige

Noël Lee (piano)

Hahn, R:

L'heure exquise

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto) & Daniel Blumenthal (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Transcription Kein deutscher Himmel

Accentus, Laurence Equilbey

Monteverdi:

'Amor, dicea' from Lamento della Ninfa

Concerto italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini

Mozart:

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581 - Larghetto

Wolfgang Meyer (clarinet)

Quatuor Mosaïques

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488 - Adagio

Fazil Say (piano)

Zürcher Kammerorchester, Howard Griffiths

Murcia:

Canarios

Codex (ca. 1730)

Ensemble Kapsberger, Rolf Lislevand

Ravel:

La Vallee des Cloches (Miroirs No. 5)

Lise de la Salle (piano)

Schubert:

Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774

Anne Gastinel (cello) & Claire Désert (piano)

Die Forelle, D550

Anne Gastinel (cello) & Claire Désert (piano)

Vivaldi:

Sol da te, mio dolce amore (from Orlando furioso)

Philippe Jaroussky (counter tenor)

Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi

Mentre dormi amor fomenti from L’Olimpiade

Sara Mingardo (contralto)

Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini


“Inspired changes of tone colour” Gramophone Magazine

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Lise de la Salle plays Mozart and Prokofiev

Lise de la Salle plays Mozart and Prokofiev


 

‘Lise de la Salle, Majeure!’

Bonus DVD film by Jean-Philippe Perrot

Mozart:

Rondo in A minor, K511

Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K311

Variations (12) on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' in C major, K265

Prokofiev:

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - excerpts

Six pieces


“A talent destined for greatness, Lise de la Salle has the Midas touch. The most complete, thought-provoking young artist to come my way since the days of Pollini, Argerich and Lupu” International Record Review

“…Lise de la Salle's… vividly recorded programme is cleverly chosen so as to present the broadest possible representation of each composer's style. Although there are some exceptionally fine recordings of the Mozart pieces on the market… de la Salle delivers committed performances that take full account of the stylistic conventions of the period but never shirk from presenting an individual view of the music... De la Salle's Prokofiev is even more convincing. She builds up a formidable head of steam in the Toccata... and the contrasting sections of the Third Sonata are just as imaginatively characterised.” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2007 *****

“Young talent does not come more brilliantly or ardently alive than this. 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. 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.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2007

“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 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. This superb album concludes with a short DVD showing De la Salle exclaiming over what she clearly sees as her enchanted life (while acknowledging the hard work involved). All things being equal, she is clearly on the threshold of a major career. Her freshness and vitality are already something very special.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2007

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice

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