Notes & Reviews:
Perhaps what is most impressive about young pianist Lucas Debargue is that he is largely self-taught. He began by learning to play jazz, until he was put in touch with a Russian piano teacher in Paris when he was 17. This release is Debargue's highly anticipated debut album. The 24-year-old plays works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, and Ravel. Debargue specializes in Russian music, partially due to his current instruction at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris with Professor Rena Shereshevskaya. Still a lover of jazz, Debargue performs with several jazz ensembles in and around Paris.
Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
The recital's centrepiece is Gaspard de la nuit in a remarkable reading that exudes drama, colour and atmosphere. Pacing in 'Ondine' is apt, building to the nymph's feigned tears and bitter laughter as she disappears into the lake. The sheer desolation conjured in 'Le gibet' is all the more palpable for its understatement, the barely audible but incessant bell suggesting incipient madness.