Posted: Saturday | 12.03.11
- 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:
- Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2
- Préludes – Book 2: No. 6, General Lavine – eccentric
- Préludes – Book 2: No. 7, La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune
- Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894
- 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