Lise de la Salle!!!
Here is one more entry for the Chopin year! And… it is terrific!
The French pianist Lise de la Salle gives us her contribution to 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 the Staatskapelle Dresden, under its former principal conductor Fabio Luisi.
Lise de la Salle, born in 1988, began studying the piano aged four, gave her first concert at nine, and made her debut in Beethoven’s Second Concerto at 13. Since 2001 she has performed at 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.
I find Ms. La Salle’s playing to be sensitive, technically excellent, and mature. She allows us to see the nostalgia and the great passion in Chopin’s compositions. I also like her adherence to the music’s dynamics and her fine sense of rhythm. We are going to hear a lot more from this wonderful artist!
Here are the CD tracks:
• Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2
• Ballade for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, CT. 3
• Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4
• Ballade for piano No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, CT. 5
• Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: Maestoso
• Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: Larghetto
• Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: Allegretto vivace
Here is a video of this recording with the Dresden orchestra:
And here is Lise de la Salle playing Bach in 2007!! (Wonderful!)
Tags: Chopin, Ballades, Lise dela Salle, Bach, Chopin concerto #2