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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Lucas Debargue plays Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven & Nikolai Medtner (Download 96kHz/16bit)






















The French pianist Lucas Debargue was snapped up by Sony after the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition. Not because he won it, but because he didn't. In fact he was placed only fourth – a decision that proved controversial with public and jury alike. Patrick Rucker offered a slightly cautious welcome to Debargue's live recital in these pages earlier this year (Sony Classical, 6/2016); for this, his first studio recording, we get a refreshing combination of Bach, Beethoven and Medtner.

What has got people talking about Debargue is the fact that he didn't start studying the piano until the relatively geriatric age of 11 and only became serious about it in 2010, by which point he was 20. There's no doubt that he has a considerable natural musicality and of the composers here it is Medtner with whom he seems to have a particular affinity. He conveys the epic quality of the Op 5 Sonata's opening movement without losing sight of its introversion. The Intermezzo is markedly slower than Hamelin's account, and hardly allegro, but Debargue almost carries it off. Almost. In the finale he gets the dramatic pacing just so, revelling in its jubilant close.

The Beethoven too has its high points: the finale has a scampering agility and he's not afraid to be delicate where others are more trenchant. However, I did find his slow movement just too sepulchral (listen to Richard Goode and Stephen Kovacevich to hear how it's possible to be compelling at markedly quicker tempi). But both Debargue's Medtner and his Beethoven have real personality.

That can't quite be said (yet) of his Bach Toccata. The opening movement lacks the sense of authority of the finest players and Debargue seems more concerned with correctness than with flair. So even where you have nice touches, such as the echo effects in the Fugue, it sounds a little strait-laced, while the dramatic closing moments of the work are relatively underplayed. But there's no doubt that Debargue is a talent to watch.

Source: Harriet Smith (gramophone.co.uk)



Το 2015 ο Γάλλος πιανίστας Lucas Debargue υπήρξε ο πιο πολυσυζητημένος καλλιτέχνης του 15ου Διεθνούς Διαγωνισμού Τσαϊκόφσκι στη Μόσχα, όχι γιατί κέρδισε την πρώτη θέση, αλλά ακριβώς για το αντίθετο: επειδή δεν την κέρδισε.

Παρόλο που έλαβε την τέταρτη θέση, εντυπωσίασε ιδιαίτερα τόσο τους κριτικούς όσο και το κοινό. Κέρδισε, μάλιστα, το πολυπόθητο Βραβείο των Κριτικών Μουσικής της Μόσχας. Λίγο μετά τον διαγωνισμό, ο Debargue υπέγραψε συμβόλαιο με τη Sony Classical, από την οποία πολύ σύντομα κυκλοφόρησε και την πρώτη δισκογραφική του δουλειά, με έργα των Ντομένικο Σκαρλάτι, Φρεντερίκ Σοπέν, Φραντς Λιστ, Μωρίς Ραβέλ, Έντβαρντ Γκρηγκ και Φραντς Σούμπερτ.

Το δεύτερο άλμπουμ του Lucas Debargue, ηχογραφημένο αυτή τη φορά σε στούντιο (το πρώτο άλμπουμ ήταν ηχογραφημένο ζωντανά), με έργα των Γιόχαν Σεμπάστιαν Μπαχ (Τοκάτα σε Ντο ελάσσονα, BWV 911), Λούντβιχ βαν Μπετόβεν (Σονάτα για πιάνο αρ. 7 σε Ρε μείζονα, έργο 10 αρ. 3) και Νικολάι Μέντνερ (Σονάτα σε Φα ελάσσονα, έργο 5), κυκλοφόρησε και πάλι από τη Sony Classical, τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2016.

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LUCAS DEBARGUE plays BACH, BEETHOVEN & MEDTNER

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

♪ Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 (1714)


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

♪ Piano Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3 (1798)

i. Presto
ii. Largo e mesto
iii. Menuetto: Allegro
iv. Rondo: Allegro


Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951)

♪ Sonata in F minor, Op.5 (1901-1903) [00:00]*

i. Allegro
ii. Intermezzo: Allegro
iii. Largo divoto
iv. Finale: Allegro risoluto


Lucas Debargue, piano

Berlin, Funkhaus Nelepastrasse, Sendesaal 1, February 1-5, 2016

Sony Classical 2016



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In 2015 the French pianist Lucas Debargue became the most talked-about artist of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Despite being placed 4th, his muscular and intellectual playing, combined with an intensely poetic and lyrical gift for phrasing, earned him the coveted Moscow Music Critics' Award as "the pianist whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience". He was the only musician across all disciplines to do so. Soon after the competition Debargue was signed by Sony Classical, and recorded a live recital for his debut release with music by Ravel, Liszt, Chopin and Scarlatti in his native city of Paris.

Debargue was born in 1990 in a non-musical family. In 1999 he settled in Compiègne, about 90km north of Paris and began his initial piano studies at the local music school at the age of 11.

At 15 Debargue ceased piano studies having found no musical mentor to help him share his passion with others and having become frustrated at playing solely for himself. He began to work, successfully for his Baccalaureate at a local college and joined a rock band. At 17 he relocated to the capital to study for a degree in Arts and Literature at Paris Diderot University and, remarkably, ceased playing the piano altogether for three years.

In 2010 he was asked to play at the Fête de la Musique festival in Compiègne, and this marked his return to the keyboard. Shortly after he was put in touch with his current mentor and guide, the celebrated Russian professor Rena Shereshevskaya, who is based at both the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory and the École Normale de Musique de Paris "Alfred Cortot". Seeing in Debargue a future as a great interpreter, Professor Shereshevskaya admitted him into her class at the Cortot School to prepare him for grand international competitions. It was at the age of 20 when Debargue started formal piano training.

Only four years later he entered the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, and the world instantly took note of a startling and original new talent. "There hasn't been a foreign pianist who has caused such a stir since Glenn Gould's arrival in Moscow, or Van Cliburn's victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition", said The Huffington Post.

A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, Debargue draws inspiration for his playing from many disciplines, including literature, painting, cinema and jazz. The core piano repertoire is central to his career, but he is also keen to present works by lesser-known composers such as Nikolai Medtner, Samuel Maykapar and Nikolai Roslavets.

Source: lucas-debargue.com



Ο Lucas Debargue γεννήθηκε το 1990 από γονείς που δεν είχαν σχέση με τη μουσική. Το 1999 εγκαταστάθηκε στην Κομπιέν, περίπου 90 χιλιόμετρα βόρεια του Παρισιού, όπου στην ηλικία των έντεκα άρχισε να σπουδάζει πιάνο στο τοπικό μουσικό σχολείο. Είναι εντυπωσιακό ότι ο Debargue ξεκίνησε την πρακτική του άσκηση στο πιάνο στην ηλικία των είκοσι.














See also

Lucas Debargue – All the posts


The winners of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015

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