Piano Concerto No. 4, Sonates (2011)

Beethoven

Dejan Lazic

Richard Tognetti

Australian Chamber Orchestra

In purely musical terms, this 'outcome', with the Australian Chamber Orchestra directed by Richard Tognetti, is a mixed form or combination, in which the well-known version for piano and (symphony) orchestra, performed as usual with a conductor, is brought together with the newly discovered chamber version for piano and string quintet. ... In Beethoven's time it was customary that the soloist, who was often a composer as well, improvised the cadenzas. Beethoven personally challenged the young Franz Liszt not only to compose more, but also generally to improvise more at the cadenzas. I have therefore taken the liberty of writing my own cadenzas for the first and last movements. ... In both sonatas, Beethoven writes the menuetto/scherzo as second movement, instead of as third as was customary. Generally speaking, the term romantic irony links the two sonatas to the piano concerto. Around 1800, Friedrich Schlegel had already formulated his concept of romantic irony, and Ludwig van Tieck employed it slightly later in his literary comedies. From: liner notes by Dejan Lazic

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Dejan Lazic

Pianist and composer Dejan Lazic was born into a musical family in Zagreb, Croatia, and grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied at the Mozarteum. He is quickly establishing a reputation worldwide as “a brilliant pianist and a gifted musician full of ideas and able to project them persuasively” (Gramophone). The New York Times hailed his performance as “... full of poetic, shapely phrasing and vivid dynamic effects that made this music sound fresh, spontaneous and impassioned”. After a highly successful Edinburgh Festival recital, The Scotsman wrote recently: "Dejan Lazic shines like a new star!"

As recitalist and soloist with orchestra Dejan Lazic has appeared at major venues in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia, and has been invited to numerous international festivals, including the world-famous BBC Proms in summer 2011.

In Spring 2008 he gave his orchestral debuts at New York’s Lincoln Center with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer and at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Kirill Petrenko. He also gave highly successful recital debuts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London Queen Elizabeth Hall, Munich Prinzregententheater, Washington Kennedy Center, in Montreal, Tokyo, Beijing and in Istanbul. In Summer 2008 he performed Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto at the Beijing Great Hall of People in a televised pre-olympic gala concert for an audience of 7,000.

He also performed very successfully with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini, Atlanta and Seattle Symphonies under Robert Spano, Swedish Radio, Danish National, Indianapolis, and Sapporo Symphonies, as well as with the Seoul, Hong Kong, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras. In Winter 2010 he toured Spain with Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott.

Other orchestral engagements lead him to the BBC Symphony in London, BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow and Edinburgh, SWR Symphony in Stuttgart, MDR Symphony in Leipzig, Residentie Orkest in The Hague, Helsinki Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona, and Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo. With Basel Chamber Orchestra and Giovanni Antonini he performs on tour, among others, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Cologne Philharmonie, and Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts. From 2008/09 season Dejan Lazic is “Artist in Residence” with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam.

He also enjoys a growing following in the Far East to where he returned last season for a tour with NHK Symphony Orchestra. Other engagements there include those with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (including concerts at Tokyo's Suntory Hall & Metropolitan Art Space), Sapporo Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, NSO Taiwan, as well as a series of recitals throughout Japan and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China.

In November 2009 he toured Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra led by Richard Tognetti, including concerts at the world famous Sydney Opera House. In 2010/11 season he toured Europe, South America, and Asia with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer.

Alongside his solo career Dejan Lazic is also a passionate chamber musician.

He records exclusively for Channel Classics and has released a dozen of recordings so far. The 1st volume of his new "Liaisons" series with works by Scarlatti and Bartók was released in 2007 to great critical acclaim; the 2nd volume with a Schumann/Brahms programme was released in 2009, the 3rd volume with a C.P.E. Bach/Britten programme was released in 2011. In Fall 2008 he released a CD with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kirill Petrenko playing Rachmaninov's famous 2nd Piano Concerto - a live recording that has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences worldwide and in addition it won the prestigious German Echo Klassik Award 2009. In February 2011 he released a disc featuring Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto which was recorded live in Sydney with the Australian Chamber Orchestra led by Richard Tognetti.

Dejan Lazic is also active as a composer. His works include various piano compositions, chamber music (including String Quartet op. 9, written for Mstislav Rostropovich's 70th birthday gala), and orchestral works, as well as Cadenzas for Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven Piano Concertos. In 2007/08 season he premiered his piano cycle "Kinderszenen – Hommage à Schumann" op. 15 at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

His recent arrangement of Brahms’s Violin Concerto for piano and orchestra saw its World Premiere on October 1, 2009 in Atlanta, USA, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under their music director Robert Spano. This concert was also recorded live by Channel Classics and the CD was released in January 2010 to great critical acclaim.

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Piano Concerto No. 4, Sonates (2011)

Beethoven

Dejan Lazic

    Klassieke Zaken

Zijn interpretaties zijn vaak krachtig en fris en achter zijn spel zit een enorme drive, net niet over de top: buitengewoon spannend. (…) pianist en orkest vullen elkaar voortreffelijk aan. (…)

    The Guardian

Lazic will doubtless add to his reputation for erratic brilliance with this recording (…) the slow movement is tremendous in its drama and exaltation (…) His Moonlight Sonata is clean, austere and breathtakingly beautiful.

    Luister

buitengewoon boeiend (…) de samenwerking met het orkest is uitzonderlijk goed (…) een wondermooie, zeer natuurlijke opname.

    Pianowereld

Dejan Lazic gooit hier bijzonder hoge ogen met een werk dat hem werkelijk op het lijf geschreven is en dat hij hier neerzet als een lyrisch omzoomd dartel drama (…)

    International Pianoworld

A thought-provoking release by a talented young pianist.

    NRC

een flexibele, zeer pittige en toch transparante uitvoering onder leiding van Richard Tognetti (…) Beethoven’s cadensen verving Lazic door eigen improvisaties, die bruisen van bravoure à la Liszt.

    Www.dapd.de

Beethoven selbst regte eine ganze Reihe an Änderungen an, vor allem beim Solopart der Ecksätze. Tatsächlich ist der virtuose Anspruch leicht gesteigert, doch Lazic hält sich zurück und konzentriert sich auf die flexibler gewordenen Tempi. Ritardandi etwa, die der Komponist nachträglich einfügte und die den Blick nach innen noch einmal betonen. Das hierzulande wenig bekannte Australian Chamber Orchestra reagiert seismographisch genau auf den Solisten am Steinway – auch deshalb sorgt dieses Experiment für Vergnügen.

    BR-Klassik

Er hat ein Faible für das Außergewöhnliche: der kroatische Pianist Dejan Lazi? spielt Beethovens 4. Klavierkonzert einmal anders – inspiriert von einer neu entdeckten Kammermusikversion. Aber nicht, um aus der Masse der vielen Aufnahmen herauszuragen (das tut er sowieso auch), sondern weil da ein Beethoven drinsteckt, der anders klingt: direkter, spannender, energiegeladener.

    Deutschlandradio Kultur

Es müssen ja nicht gleich derart kuriose und übersteigerte Vergleiche sein wie "nuancenreicher, exquisiter Rotwein" oder "noch nie Dagewesenes", mit denen einige Kritiker ihrer Begeisterung über Dejan Lazi?'s pianistische Fähigkeiten allen Nachdruck verleihen. Aber Tatsache ist, dass eine so fantastische Klangkultur, Virtuosität und Ausdruckskraft, wie er sie zeigt, ganz aktuell in seiner Beethoven-Einspielung, gerade in der jüngeren Pianistengeneration lange nicht hörbar waren.

(Claudia Dasche)

    Kultur SPIEGEL

Was er anpackt, hält die Hörer gebannt. Überwältigend lebendig, mit feinsten Nuancen und eigenen Kadenzen hat Dejan Lazi? Beethovens G-Dur-Konzert sozusagen neu erfunden, kongenial begleitet vom Australian Chamber Orchestra unter Richard Tognetti.

    Www.opusklassik

Dejan Lazic: een pianist met lef!

    HVT

Lazic laat horen een groot vertolker van Beethoven te zijn en ja, de opname is als we gewend zijn van Channel's Jared Sacks: subliem!

    Fanfare

His no-nonsense way, the slender and quasi – athletic approach revitalizes this often bogged-down concerto. He has even composed his own cadenzas (...)

    Audiophile Audition

His transition among the many tempo and section divisions is not only apt and natural, but explanatory as well, and this reading is easily one of the best I have ever heard. (...) the music flows from his fingers (...) he is a thinker as well as an emotive pianist. (...) Channel’s surround sound, as usual, is spectacular.

    Www.musicweb

There is something very vibrant about his interpretation that brings a sense of immediacy, even to the loudest passages. Lazic does more composing, arranging and improvising than most concert pianists, and perhaps these activities contribute to the playfulness and carefree approach that he brings to Beethoven. (...) The fact that Lazic can find such elegant and understated sounds from instruments otherwise known for the weight and projection of their tone is a testament indeed to his phenomenal and unique talent.

    International Record Review

Dejan Lazic, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra (...) are thouroughly convinced by what they are doing. (...) the orchestra, with strings using minimal vibrato, plays extremingly stylishly. (...) there are plenty of surprises in this performance.

    Gramophone

The orchestral playing is glorious – full of character (...) And Lazic is a classy artist, with a fine range of colour, taut trills and immaculate fingerwork. (...)

    Classics Today

his technique is amazing, and quite beautiful. The first movement of the "Moonlight" sonata is exquisite: by keeping the melody at the same dynamic as the accompaniment Lazic creates an extraordinary level of poetic intensity. (...) As usual from this label, the sonics are absolutely top-notch, whether in regular stereo or SACD-surround formats, and there's no need to make allowances for the concerto's live provenance. It is a remarkable performance in the sense of being a completely thought-out collaboration between soloist and orchestra (...).

Piano Concerto No. 4, Sonates (2011)

Beethoven

Dejan Lazic

Cables:Van den Hul
Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks
Recording location:Sydney Australia, Eindhoven Holland 2011
Recording Software:Pyramix bij Merging
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Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major - Allegro moderato
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Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major - Andante con moto
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Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major - Rondo ? Vivace
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Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major - Applause
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, op. 27, No. 2 - Adagio sostenuto
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major - Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major - Allegro molto
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