Bach, Beethoven and Medtner - the first studio album of pianist Lucas Debrague at CD review on the 28th and 29th of September at 12:15
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Inspired by literature, painting, cinema and jazz
Lucas Debargue is inspired in his performance, as he declares, by literature, painting, cinema and jazz. He made a late start in classical music, at the age of 20, but became relevant for the public after participating in the International Tchaikovsky Contest that was held in Moscow, 2015 edition. Although he came in on the 4th place, the trade journals declared him the true winner of the contest. Lucas Debargue stood out with, quote: magnificent performance and unusual training. His presence on the stage of the previous mentioned competition was accompanied by 15 minutes of applause.
Today Lucas Debargue is seen as one of the most valuable young French pianists. His recital album Scarlatti, Ravel, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert and Grieg launched this year on the 25th of March is a recorded testimony of his performances in the auditoriums.
Bach, Beethoven & Medtner
This is the first studio album of Lucas Debargue, a fresh album, launched last week on the 23rd of September, which we are recommending to you alongside his last one, as being one of your options in the "Vote the record of the year 2016" campaign.
It is a brave record which is backed up by the success of the recital album from this spring, program which puts together, again in a solo stance, two very well known names in the musical world, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, the Russian composer, contemporary with Rahmaninov and Scriabin, with German roots and influences, Nicolai Karlovich Medtner. In another outline, the pianist chose the well known Toccata and Fugue in C minor BWV 911 by Bach alongside Sonata No. 7 op 10 No 3 in D Major by Beethoven, that perhaps remains unfairly in the shadow of the famous Sonata Patetique and Sonata Op 5 in F minor by Medtner, thus putting emphasis on the less acknowledged works. The latter is a risky endeavor if we remind ourselves that this it is the debut album of the young pianist. Yet, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner's Sonata was the composition he played at the Tchaikovsky International Competition and indeed it was an interpretation full of sensibility that enthused the audience in the auditorium. About Medtner's work Lucas Debargue says the following: It is a misunderstood score and unjustly forgotten that carries more meaning than many of the works that have been successful over time.
Starting from these arguments, however I fully declare myself delighted for this album. Lucas Debargue is a pianist who amazes with his maturity. He has an impeccable technique, sensitivity, strength, passion, a great understanding of the music he plays. And due to this intelligence he is able to convey to the public what he feels and thinks about the music that he plays with sincerity, reliability and clarity of the message, all of which are surprising. How else could be explained the amazing interpretation of Bach or Beethoven's music, for example, by a pianist who, just a few years ago earned his living in a jazz club. Could this be the key of success for Debargue Lucas? Time will answer this question.
Until then, I invite you on the 28th and 29th of September at 12: 15 to listen, for the first time, on CD Review Lucas Debargue's first studio album.
Translated by Agafitei Ioana
MTTLC, year 2, University of Bucharest