Lucas Debargue plays Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt & Ravel | Sony 88875192982

Lucas Debargue plays Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt & Ravel

Label: Sony

Cat No: 88875192982

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 25th March 2016



The most talked about artist of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition – 25-year-old Lucas Debargue started the piano late at 11 years old, learning mostly in isolation. After dropping the instrument for three years to play in a rock band and study literature, he started formal piano training aged 20. Placed fourth, he was described by media as “the real winner” of the competition and received the Music Critics’ Association award. His debut album is a live recording at the Salle Cortot in Paris. The centrepiece is Ravel’s monumentally challenging Gaspard de la nuit.  The recording also includes four coruscating sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti; Chopin’s emotionally intense Ballade no.4; Liszt’s devilish Mephisto Waltz; and smaller works by Grieg (Lyric Pieces, op.47 no.3, “Melody”) and Schubert (Moment musical, op.94 no.3).


It can pay not to win a piano competition. Despite coming fourth in last year's Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, self-taught Lucas Debargue was the one who excited the cognoscenti. ... Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1 goes with devilish flair. A native Frenchman, he takes his time over Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit with personal shades of sonority. Not a run-of-the-mill pianist.  Richard Fairman
Financial Times 17 April 2016

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