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Adam Laloum

Posted: Saturday | 12.03.11

Adam Laloum

  • Adam Laloum live at Verbier Festival
  • Recorded at the Verbier Festival, 2010

The French pianist, Adam Laloum, winner of the 2009 Clara Haskil competition, is quickly becoming well known; he was described by Le Monde as ‘A young pianist, yet already a great artist and poet.’
Mr. Laloum has already played at many of the major venues in Europe. His impressive debut at the 2010 Verbier Festival is shared here in a live recording.

Laloum’s sensitive and expressive playing is perfect for this program of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century works for solo piano, which includes pieces by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Debussy.

The selections are:

Brahms:

  • Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2

Debussy:

  • Préludes – Book 2: No. 6, General Lavine – eccentric
  • Préludes – Book 2: No. 7, La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune

Schubert:

  • Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

Schumann:

  • Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

Performed by Adam Laloum, piano.

I heard this DVD again last night, and was delighted by it. The Schumann comes first, and Mr. Laloum has a wonderful touch for these magical dances. The Schubert is by far the major work on this recording. And Adam Laloum has a wonderful interpretation here. The single word that comes to mind to describe his interpretation is “shimmering”.

Schubert’s sunlight simply glistens on the Austrian mountain stream that I personally hear in this music. The technique is excellent, the dynamics are varied, and the whole performance is very satisfying.

DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011

Watch now as Adam Laloum plays Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze” from the Verbier Festival 2010

Here is Mr. Laloum again, this time performing Beethoven’s Appassionata sonata

 

 

Tags: Adam Laloum, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Verbier

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