Dejan Lazic – Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major & Moments Musicals (2005) MCH SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Dejan Lazic – Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major & Moments Musicals (2005)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:48 minutes | PDF Booklet | 3,74 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | PDF Booklet | 1,67 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | PDF Booklet | 583 MB
DSD Recording | Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Label: Channel Classics # CCS SA 20705

Dejan Lazić is one of those pianists who personalizes everything that he does, somewhat like a German stage director who has to have a “concept”. Accordingly, the results can be stimulating, or just plain perverse. Confronting Franz Schubert’s great B-flat major sonata presents a unique series of challenges, because the music itself is so strange, so rich in character, that it tends to be diminished rather than enhanced by an excess of “ideas”, if by this we mean something novel or gratuitous imposed for its own sake. The sonata needs to be realized from within, as it were, and met on its own terms. Happily, Lazic clearly understands this and does what any outstanding interpreter of this music must: he simply loses himself in the work, letting us hear Schubert speak through Lazić, rather than the other way around.

You know what’s cool about Dejan Lazic’s Schubert B flat major Sonata? He doesn’t try to beat the masters at their own game. He doesn’t try to out-drama Schnabel or out-intensity Richter or out-slick Brendel or out-think Pollini or out-sing Kovacevich. Dejan Lazic, a young Croatian pianist, doesn’t have to. He’s got his own way of doing things, his own point of view, and his own way of singing Schubert’s great song of life and love and death. It’s passionate, sure, but Lazic’s a young man and can’t help himself. More importantly, it sounds completely thought through. Lazic knows that no matter how long the heavenly lengths of the work, the performer has to know exactly how he or she is going to get from one end of it to the other. More importantly yet, it sounds completely improvised. Lazic knows that no matter how familiar he is with the work, its bottomless depths and endless heights will always confound the traveler through its heavenly lengths and the performer always has to be ready to go with the inspiration of the moment. But most importantly of all, Lazic sounds like he’s completely at one with the music. Length, height, depth: all these are measurements. In the end, Lazic knows that it was the qualities beyond them, Schubert’s heart and soul and spirit, that make the B flat Sonata one of the most precious of all piano sonatas. Lazic’s “filler,” the set of Six Moments Musicaux, are nearly in the same league: sweet, bitter, funny, quaint, coy, and utterly endearing. A terrific performance, especially as preserved in Channel Classics’ clear and translucent sound.


01. Sonata In B-Flat Major, D 960 (Op. Posth.) – Molto Moderato
02. Sonata In B-Flat Major, D 960 (Op. Posth.) – Andante Sostenuto
03. Sonata In B-Flat Major, D 960 (Op. Posth.) – Scherzo. Allegro Vivace Con Declicatezza
04. Sonata In B-Flat Major, D 960 (Op. Posth.) – Allegro Ma Non Troppo
05. Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) – No.1 In C Major: Moderato
06. Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) – No.2 In A-Flat Major: Andantino
07. Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) – No.3 In F Minor: Allegro Moderato
08. Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) – No.4 In C Sharp Minor: Moderato
09. Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) – No.5 In F Minor: Allegro Vivace
10. Moments Musicals, D 780 (Op. 94) – No.6 In A Flat Major: Allegretto

Dejan Lazić – piano

Produced by Pieter Wispelwey. Engineered & Edited by C. Jared Sacks.
Recorded in January 2004 at Frits Philips Muziekcentrum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.




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