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Liaisions, Vol. 3: C.P.E. Bach & Britten / Dejan Lazic, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata a due tastature, for keyboard in D minor, H. 53, Wq. 69
>Britten, Benjamin : A Boy was Born, Op. 3
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Fantasia, for keyboard in D major (example in Versuch II), H. 160, Wq. 117/14
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : La Boehmer, for keyboard in D major ("Murky"), H. 81, Wq. 117/26
>Britten, Benjamin : Holiday Diary, suite for piano, Op. 5
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, H. 189, Wq. 65/42
>Britten, Benjamin : Night Piece (Notturno), for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Each of the recordings in pianist Dejan Lazic's Liaisons series features two composers, exploring their musical worlds, sources of inspiration and degree of influence. At the same time, the recordings reveal their most conspicuous differences and their common denominators. Volume three brings together works for piano solo by Benjamin Britten with selections by C.P.E. Bach. Britten's pieces, in all their minimalism, clarity and sometimes even emotionally restricted formality, contrast with the emerging Sturm und Drang atmosphere of Bach's sonatas, with their freedom and variety of structural design, delicate expression and extreme unpredictability.

The Telegraph
Lazic plays with palpable heart, with genuine spirit that derives entirely from the music itself, with dexterity, subtlety and insight that make this recital thoroughly compelling.

BBC Music Magazine
The modern Steinway grand seems a bit of a blunt instrument to convey the full range of Bach's individuality, but Lazic's fastidiously articulated fingerwork and his feel for CPE's cultivated waywardness are persuasive. He toys with the finale of the D minor Sonata like a precision-powered cat with a mouse, and La Bohmer positively fizzes. He also turns the pages of Britten's pungent Holiday Diary with a compelling, sometimes Puckish, narrative flair.

Gramophone Magazine
This is Vol. 3 of Lazic's series entitled 'Liaisons' - unexpected pairings of composers who we might not necessarily expect to have much in common...Lazic's unpredictable union works surprisingly well. His feather-light despatch of the D minor Sonata's last-movement variations almost melts into the first of Britten's early Five Waltzes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven (09/2008).



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Works Details

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata a due tastature, for keyboard in D minor, H. 53, Wq. 69
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1747

>Britten, Benjamin : A Boy was Born, Op. 3
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Fantasia, for keyboard in D major (example in Versuch II), H. 160, Wq. 117/14
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1763

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : La Boehmer, for keyboard in D major ("Murky"), H. 81, Wq. 117/26
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1754

>Britten, Benjamin : Holiday Diary, suite for piano, Op. 5
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E flat major, H. 189, Wq. 65/42
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1765

>Britten, Benjamin : Night Piece (Notturno), for piano
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963