Scarlatti - 52 SonatasSony Classical
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Lucas Debargue breathes new life into the harpsichord sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and presents works outside the standard piano repertoire.
The Parisian pianist has already climbed the pinnacle of piano artistry with Beethoven, Liszt and Ravel and unleashed full-blown romantic thunderstorms with Schubert's A-minor Piano Sonata no. 14 and the madcap finale of Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit.
Now, on his new album, Debargue devotes himself completely to Domenico Scarlatti. He already played four of this Italian master's sonatas on his highly acclaimed début album. Germany's Der Spiegel waxed ecstatic: "Debargue's Scarlatti recalls his mighty predecessors. He displays the subtle touch and feeling once bestowed on these miniatures by Vladimir Horowitz and imparts new sound to Scarlatti's keyboard music. … Debargue touches the outer limits of expression between joylessness and rapture: one may find it overwrought, but it's never less than gripping. And then there's the gentle Glenn Gould touch."
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Recently French composer and pianist Lucas Debargue breathed new life into the harpsichord sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and presents works outside the standard piano repertoire. The Parisian pianist has already climbed the pinnacle of piano artistry with Beethoven, Liszt and Ravel and unleashed full-blown romantic thunderstorms with Schubert's A-minor Piano Sonata no. 14 and the madcap finale of Rav...
Lucas Debargue takes tasteful advantage of the piano's dynamic range on 'Scarlatti Sonatas' / LIMELIGHT
Lucas Debargue came fourth in the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition, but nonetheless was the talk of the town. Although he's recorded Scarlatti before (his debut disc with Sony included a handful of pieces), this four-disc set is a more serious proposition. The first thing to note, which may cause some purists to run screaming, is the fact that these are played on piano. Debargue mentions, though, that he pla...
Lucas Debargue is perfect BPO collaborator in Sanders Theatre outing of Liszt's PC no. 2 / the arts fuse
A pianist of real character and refinement – plus a huge career in Europe – Lucas Debargue was on hand to lend his musicianship to a relatively rare outing of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto no. 2. It's hard to argue with the lineup of soloists Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) have brought to town this season. Their trend of finding and presenting some of t...
Lucas Debargue provides core understanding for 'TripAdvisor' audience / The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Boston Philharmonic's theme of geographic connectivity among the three composers on its program at Sanders last night resulted in a concert significantly more interesting than a Trip Advisor's ‘Three-in-One Visegrád Group' excursion. Lucas Debargue, who played this concerto in the final round of his successful stint at Tchaikovsky Competition, was just the ticket. In the concerto known f...
Lucas Debargue was raging one moment, then daringly swinging the next, before turning to luxuriant Romantic virtuosity in Carnegie Hall - ASO: 'Beyond Beethoven' program / The New York Times
The American Symphony Orchestra's concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday had two claims on news. The first: a cheeky approach to the Beethoven-theme concerts that almost every ensemble seems to be planning this year to coincide with the 250th anniversary of his birth. (Cheeky, because - spoiler alert - no Beethoven works were on the program, titled "Beyond Beethoven.") The second: the New York orchestral...
Lucas Debargue dazzles sold-out Koerner Hall audience in canadian recital debut / Ludwig Van Toronto
Every once in a while a young pianist emerges who can challenge established ideas of performance and interpretation. It is usually a generational occurrence, one that everyone talks about, and over the past four years or so since his heartstoppingly unconventional performances at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, people have been talking about Lucas Debargue, rapturously and unceasingly. ...
Lucas Debargue - Scarlatti 52 Sonatas makes CD Hotlist - December 'New Releases' pick
If, like me, you love the keyboard music of the baroque and early classical periods but tire quickly of the sound of the harpsichord, then this four-disc set of Domenico Scarlatti's 52 sonatas for keyboard may be the perfect gift for you (or your library collection). The music is performed on modern piano by Lucas Debargue, with what sounds to me like a perfect balance between accuracy and restraint. I s...
Lucas Debargue unravels a mystery with Scarlatti's Sonatas and is WCRB: CD of the Week
French pianist Lucas Debargue fell in love with Domenico Scarlatti's shortest keyboard sonata at the age of ten – and now, nineteen years later, that sonata and 51 others comprise Debargue's newest album. Listening to these four CDs, it's abundantly clear that Debargue is both charmed and intrigued by Scarlatti. He picks up on the playfulness of the music, selecting 52 sonatas for the c...