Sonata in B flat major & Moments Musicals (2005)

Schubert

Dejan Lazic

One of the hardest questions for a musician to answer is Who is your favorite composer? Personally, I have often been asked this question, but I was never able to limit myself to a single composer. I came very close to choosing one, however, during my preparations for this CD, in fact very close indeed. For all that this choice may appear to be forced, subjective, and of a temporary nature, it is not. Not when one thinks of how many extraordinary piano and chamber music works, songs and symphonies Franz Schubert created during his all-too-brief life. This way of thinking sheds a different light on the choice, and justifies it. Nevertheless, Schubert avoided two larger forms: the opera and the concerto. The reasons for this could have included his character, which was in part deeply introverted, as well as his distaste for virtuosity, which he saw as a kind of exhibitionism of the soloist in front of the orchestra which accompanied him; in the same way, the frequently banal or superficial libretti of operas may have put him off. In no way did this indicate a lack of dramatic ability, for his music is not only exciting, but goes far beyond, it penetrates deeply into the listener's senses. He lived in an unusual time. He lived in the interval between the Viennese Classical Style and Romanticism, in a world which was stylistically completely new, different, and exceptional. His music is characterized by the clarity of its form and the complexity of its structures: often it is so subtly conceived that one can distinguish paper-thin layers of differing inspiration.....

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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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Sonata in B flat major & Moments Musicals (2005)

Schubert

Dejan Lazic

    Piano News

Die groe B-dur Sonate wird unter seinen Fingern zu einem mystischen Abenteuer (...) (...) hier ist ein Magier mit dem Bewusstsein fr Schuberts Nachdenklichkeit seine empfindsame Seele aber auch fr seinen Humor am Werke, den man sich anhren sollte.

    Fono Forum

Dejan Lazic: hochsensibeler Schubert-Lyriker () () Er hat ein sehr gutes Gespr fr die zerbrechliche, pure Seelenstruktur dieser Musik und evoziert ihre verborgenen Lebenskrfte und ihren unendlichen Atem ber eine hochdifferenzierte Dynamik der leisen Tne. (...)

    Pianowereld

Deze jonge hond laat zien dat hij meer de bieden heeft dan alleen een dartele puppie, maar dat hij zich zo zou ontpoppen had ik niet gedacht. Het contrast is verbijsterend. Een pluim voor degene die op grond van Lazic's eerdere verrichtingen dit Schubertspel blind aan deze pianist zou toeschrijven.

    Brabants Dagblad

Slechts een wonderkind kan deze heksentoeren bewerkstelligen, Lazic is van die soort, hij bezit de juiste sensitiviteit en kan zich als geen ander inleven in de bedoeling van deze componist (...) Brabants Dagblad

    ClassicsToday.France

un interprete visiblement dou d'une grande personnalit (...) il m'a tonne pas sa richesse de touche, sa facult de poser les notes avec tendresse. Son premier volet trouve une vraie respiration et pulsation, l ou certains grands apparaissent statiques (... tres beau CD sur le plan technique et interpretatif.

    Haagsche Courant

de jonge Dejan Lazic zoekt overduidelijk zijn eigen weg. Sterker nog: hij lijkt zich wel van de gevestigde traditie af te willen zetten, door keer op keer de luisterverwachting te tarten. (...) Dat begint al in het eerste deel. Het lyrische openingsthema, dat de toon zet voor een lang, zeer omfloerste, soft-focussfeer, om plaats te maken voor een reeks experimenten: studies naar pedaal gebruik, het uitlichten van normaal gesproken onbelichte begeleidingsfiguurtjes, maar bovenal; het spel met het ritme. Geen twee noten zijn gelijk aan elkaar. Telkens probeert Lazic bepaalde ritmische patronen uit te vergroten, door noten te verlengen, ritmes uit hun verband te trekken of anderszins in een nieuw daglicht te stellen. In eerste instantie werkt dat vervreemdend en soms zelfs irriterend, maar in de loop van het stuk maakt deze bevreemding plaats voor fascinatie, vooral omdat Lazic zijn 'grillen' consequent volhoudt. Een ontdekking voor een ieder die deze sonate inmiddels wel zo'n beetje meent te kennen. (...) (...) Bij de 'Moments Musicals' voelde de pianist minder aandrang tot ritmische vernieuwing, waardoor de nadruk meer op de muzikale vertelling zelf komt te liggen. Avro webside Lazic heeft wat te vertellen

    BN/de Stem

Dejan Lazic benadert 'zijn' Schubert op een wijze die mij uit het hart is gegrepen. Dat doet hij met een overtuigingskracht die niet in de koude kleren gaat zitten. () www.audio.muziek.nl (...) De sfeer van Schubert's muziek wordt deskundig uitgelicht. (...) (...) Dejan Lazic heeft terecht in korte tijd een grote faam opgebouwd en maakt die helemaal waar. (...) (...) Zeer aanbevolen (...)

    Luister

De melancholie van Schubert is bij hem in goede handen. Zo mooi als al deze stukken gespeeld worden, licht, zangerig, verfijnd, zonder opsmuk, onnadrukkelijk. Schubert-spel op zijn best. (...) (...) Prachtig Scherzo, moeiteloos, licht en duizelingwekkend (...)

    Klassieke Zaken

Zijn vertolkingkunst is volstrekt integer. (...) (...) Hij weet dieper door te dringen in de achterliggende gedachtewereld (...) (...) Een indringend luisteravontuur. Zijn interpretatie, die zonder meer tot de interessantste van 'de catalogus' gerekend kan worden, staat als een huis en klinkt prachtig op super-audio-cd (...)

    Time Out Chicago

Keep an eye on Dejan Lazic. He has bigger things in store.

    Fanfare

impressed with the thoughtful shading of dynamic and control of voicing. () () lovely, finely nuanced moments

    China AV Philharmonic magazine

One of his main attributes would be his unusual and unique musical understanding, supported by delicate and crisp toucher! and a stunning technique (...) poetic and lyrical, but also fresh and lively interpretation of the six miniatures "Moments musicals" ( Dejan Lazic's interpretation and performing style cannot stop reminding us of the legendary pianist Ivo Pogorelich )

Sonata in B flat major & Moments Musicals (2005)

Schubert

Dejan Lazic

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Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
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Recording location: Eindhoven Holland
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Sonata In B-Flat Major, D 960 (Op. Posth.) - Molto Moderato
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Sonata In B-Flat Major, D 960 (Op. Posth.) - Andante Sostenuto
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Sonata In B-Flat Major, D 960 (Op. Posth.) - Scherzo. Allegro Vivace Con Declicatezza
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Sonata In B-Flat Major, D 960 (Op. Posth.) - Allegro Ma Non Troppo
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Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) - No. 1 In C Major_ Moderato
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Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) - No. 2 In A-Flat Major_ Andantino
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Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) - No. 3 In F Minor_ Allegro Moderato
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Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) - No. 4 In C Sharp Minor_ Moderato
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Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) - No. 5 In F Minor_ Allegro Vivace
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Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) - No. 6 In A Flat Major_ Allegretto
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