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Chopin - Retrospection

Dejan Lazić

F. Chopin

SKU: 15998

Year of release: 2000

Sonata in B Flat Major, Opus 35 21:47
1. Grave - Doppio Movimento F. Chopin 06:40
2. Scherzo F. Chopin 05:40
3. Marche Funèbre F. Chopin 07:59
4. Presto F. Chopin 01:27
2 Nocturnes, Opus 32 09:15
5. Andant Sostenuto F. Chopin 05:05
6. Lento F. Chopin 04:09
7. Valse in C Sharp Minor , Opus 64 No. 2 F. Chopin 03:07
8. Valse in D Flat Major, Opus 64 No. 1 F. Chopin 01:36
9. Valse in G Flat Major, Opus 70 No. 1 F. Chopin 01:50
10. Ballade in G Minor, Opus 23 Largo - Moderato F. Chopin 08:44
11. Grande Polonaise Brilliante Précédée d'un Andante Spianato in E Flat Major, Opus 22 Tranquillo - Allegro Molto F. Chopin 13:02
12. Valse in A Flat Major, Opus 69 No. 1 F. Chopin 03:28
13. Grande Valse Brilliante in E Flat Major, Opus 18 F. Chopin 04:45
14. Valse in E Minor, Opus Posth F. Chopin 02:53
Total time: 70:31

About this album

At first glance, it would appear that Chopin’s musical powers were concentrated exclusively on the piano; but when one devotes attention to the deepest levels of the music composed by this poet and virtuoso of the piano, then one realizes that his works can also be categorized as orchestral, chamber music-inspired, or as songs with accompaniment. His highly personal and daring harmonies, underlined by great rhythmic diversity, already point the way to impressionism, and show how far Chopin was in advance of his own times. For me it was a special challenge to record a Chopin retrospective right after the Mozart retrospective. There is hardly any other pair of composers who are at the same time so similar and so different. Both composed rapidly and effortlessly in the course of their short lives, and their music is direct and transparent. But Mozart was creative in every aspect of music, while Chopin was someone for whom the piano was ‘all in one’….With every compositional form I endeavor to preserve Chopin’s improvisatory spontaneity. This cd includes works from different creative periods in the composer’s life, but all the compositions have something in common: patriotism, numerous elements from folk music, and in his later works, longing for his native Poland.

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Reviews

Luister

(…) een bevlogen en zeer persoonlijke interpreet (…) (…) Alle waardering voor de eerlijke en heldere klank van Lazic’s vleugel (…)

Fono Forum

Gewaltig geht Dejan Lazic zur Sacke, kleckert nicht, wo er klotzen kann. (…)

International Records Review

(…) lovely individual touches (…) (…) fabulous articulation (…)

Gramophone

Spontaneous, characterful performances from this gifted young musician, faithful to the spirit and the letter of the score. Lazic exhibits a playfulness that lightens the mood delightfully, and in the Ballade he combines imaginative fantasy with wholelhearted expressiveness to produce a compelling, dramatic performance (…)

Pianowereld

(…) Zo virtuoos hoor je het nooit (…) (…) Channel heeft met Dejan wel een raspaardje binnengehaald. Hij draaft er vandoor op deze cd. Zijn sprongkracht is emorm en is zijn onbeteugelde zelf. Laat hem maar even doordraven, met zoveel talent mag dat wel.

Magazine

(…) an admirable new solo Chopin recital Bilboard

Luister

(…) boeiende momenten in de Marche funèbre met prachtige ingehouden dramatiek (…) (…) extreme contrasten tussen een bezeten agitato in een hoog opgevoerd tempo en een verfijnde bijna ascetische lyriek.(…)

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterPrism 24 bit / Genex Recorder
Recording DateMarch 2000
Recording LocationMuziekcentrum Frits Philips Eindhoven, the Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording Engineerjared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks