Liaisons vol. 1 (2007)

Scarlatti, Bartók

Dejan Lazic

At first sight, they appear to have nothing in common - but disregarding the stylistic elements and a difference of 2 centuries, you soon recognize that both are in a sense, musical architects, who as piano virtuosos were equally interested in miniature forms and inspired by folk music. On the one hand you have Scarlatti, who, after moving to Spain in 1729 composed almost exclusively for harpsichord and integrated elements of Spanish folklore into his compositions in an experimental way; on the other hand Bartk, who boosted the recognition of the rich native Hungarian peasant songs to an independent folk art, and was also influenced by Arabic folk music. Inspired by an 18th century performance practice, where two (...)

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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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Liaisons vol. 1 (2007)

Scarlatti, Bartók

Dejan Lazic

    Hifi Video Test

(...) Heel geraffineerd om de klankjuweeltjes van Scarlatti te combineren met pianowerken Bela Bartók, in de onberispelijke klankkwaliteit welke we van Channel gewend zijn.

    Trouw

Op deze nieuwe verschenen cd pakt de combinatie van het naast en tegenover elkaar plaatsen van de 18e- eeuwse componist Scarlatti met zijn 20e eeuwse collega Bartok verrassend goed uit. (…) (…) Lazic kruipt met huid en haar in de huid van de beide toonmeesters en behaalt de bonus door ze voortreffelijke tegen elkaar uit te spelen.

    Klassieke Zaken

(…) Lazic laat geen gelegenheid onbenut om platgetreden paden te ontwijken. De versieringen speelt hij telkens anders. Je zou je er aan gaan ergeren, ware het niet dat Lazic' instrumentale beheersing op een uitzonderlijk hoog niveau staat. Hij speelt glashelder en hoogst verfijnd. De fraai opgenomen SACD brengt de prachtige Steinway overigens imposant realistisch in de huiskamer.(…)

    Parool

(..) wie luistert naar de nieuwe cd van Dejan Lazic, is er meteen van overtuigd dat de programmakeuze die de Kroatische pianist maakte een voorbeeldige is. (...) (...) Hij speelt met een sprankelend toucher, een feilloze techniek en veel muzikaliteit en vaart. En telkens is daar weer die aangename schok als na Scarlatti opeens een stuk van Bartók volgt, en omgekeerd. (...) (...) Het mooist zijn de 7 Schetsen, waarin Bartók zich van zijn meest impressionistische kant laat horen, is er ooit kwetsbaarder muziek geschreven dan het deeltje Lento?

    Luister

(…) De pianist zet het werk van twee componisten naast elkaar zodat er onverwachte onderlinge verbanden boven komen of de werken elkaar op een verrassende manier versterken (…) (…) het klinkt allemaal zoals we van Channel Classics gewend zijn.

    Bayern 4 Klassik

(...) der exzellente, in Kroatien geborene, in Salzburg aufgewachsene Pianist Dejan Lazic bringt Scarlatti und Bartók zusammen, zwei musikalische Welten, die nur auf den ersten Blick gänzlich verschieden erscheinen. Zentraler Berührungspunkt ist die Volksmusik, die für Scarlatti wie für Bartók eine maßgebliche Rolle spielte. Die ungewöhnlichen Betonungen, die Rhythmen und Gitarrenklänge des Flamencos, der Musik der spanischen Zigeuner, finden sich - stilisiert, aber erkennbar - immer wieder in Scarlattis Essercizi, die er mit unglaublicher Fantasie immer wieder neu gestaltete. Von Bartók ist bekannt, wie wichtig ihm die ungarische, die slowakische und rumänische Bauernmusik war. Er brachte Jahre damit zu, diese Musik zu sammeln und aufzuzeichnen, und deutlicher als bei Scarlatti hinterließen deren Rhythmen und Melodiebildungen ihren Niederschlag in seinem Werk, auch wenn er diese Volksmusik nicht direkt zitierte. Lazic ist ein exzellenter Pianist, sein Scarlatti wirkt enorm frisch und lebendig, nie nur virtuos und verspielt, sondern durchaus hintergründig. Das klingt alles sehr genau in der Phrasierung, zurückhaltend im Pedalgebrauch und überaus geschmackvoll, was die Dosierung angeht, mit der man dieser Cembalo-Musik des 18. Jahrhunderts als Pianist vielleicht eine Prise Romantik hinzufügen mag, ohne ihr die Perspektive des 18. Jahrhunderts zu rauben.

    Klassik.com

(…) Auf der CD finden sich berühmte, immer wieder gespielte Scarlatti-Sonaten, aber auch unterschätzte Perlen: die spektakulär verzierte F-Dur-Sonate, K 17, beispielsweise, oder auch die rüstige a-Moll-Sonate, K 3. Zwischen den Sonaten, die Lazic zu Grüppchen bündelt, streut er drei Zyklen von Bartók ein: ‘Rondos über Slowakische Volkslieder’, 7 Skizzen’ und ‘6 Tänze im Bulgarischen Rhythmus’ aus dem Mikrokosmos, Band VI. Hier zeigt sich Lazic von seiner ernsteren Seite, übt tiefschürfende Texttreue und leistet einen bedeutenden Beitrag zur nicht gerade üppigen Bartók-Klavierdiskographie.

    American Record Guide

(…) The big question is certainly not how well these two composers link up in alternation (…) But of greater concern is just how well the pianist has mastered his craft. The Scarlatti answer comes very quickly. Lazic uses the pedal very sparingly. His playing is crisp, clipped (but not too much so), beautifully nuances (…) (…) Bartok's many brief movements are all delightfully done and represent the composer at his most accessible. After listening to this I will most certainly investigate the pianist's other recordings. Given his skill and imagination, I suspect I will not be disappointed.”

    Classic Fm

(...) Lazic plays them all with simple clarity and an effervescent lightness. (…)

    Gramophone

An exciting idea this. and it works! After all. Bartók greatly admired Scarlatti: he even recorded a couple of his sonatas.

Liaisons vol. 1 (2007)

Scarlatti, Bartók

Dejan Lazic

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Sonata in C major, K. 420 - Allegro
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Sonata in f minor, K. 58 - Fuga
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3 Rondos on Slovak Folktunes - in C major
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Sonata in D major, K. 491 - Allegro
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Sonata in C major, K. 159 - Allegro
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7 Sketches - Portrait of a girl- Andante
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7 Sketches - See-saw, dickory-da - Comodo
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7 Sketches - Romanian folksong- Andante
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Sonata in d minor, K. 9 - Allegro
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Sonata in F major, K. 17 - Presto
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Sonata in a minor, K. 3 - Presto
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Sonata in E major, K. 380 - Andante comodo
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Sonata in E major, K. 135 - Allegro
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6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm - Dance 1
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