I shared with you my first post on this artist a long time ago. And yes: here she is again; Why, you ask?
For me, music is not just the performer’s technical skill. If I can see a really young person who has figured out that PASSION in music is a wonderful way to express feelings, then the performer already has an enormous advantage, and shows great promise for the future.
In this CD, Lise plays composers from two different time periods:
Mozart, from the second half of the 1700’s, and Prokofiev, from 150 years later. And she lives up to the challenge to show us that she can present the appropriate style for each composer.
The Prokofiev Toccata requires great skill and great emotion. And listen to the wonderful things this artist does with Prokofiev’s composition! This piece is strongly percussive, and a great challenge for a mature artist with 40 years of experience.
Lise de la Salle, displays fantastic control, and one has the sense that she is sensitively giving us the composer’s music as well as playing all of notes that he wrote; this is one of the best performances of the Toccata that I have heard.
Here is Lise de la Salle, playing Prokofiev:
And here is a younger Lisa de la Salle (age 19), playing Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A-Major: