Schubert / Szymanowski: Piano Sonatas

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Schubert / Szymanowski: Piano Sonatas
Lucas Debargue (piano)

[ Sony Classical / CD ]

Release Date: Saturday 10 February 2018

Lucas Debargue's third recording presents sonatas by Franz Schubert and polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882 - 1937). Besides recording Schubert's famous Sonatas No.13 & No.14 the pianist continues to dedicate his musicianship to composers and works left in the shadow. Lucas Debargue has always been far off the beaten track, starting with his unusually late musical career to his interpretation of works where he widens the boundaries of the norm. 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition sensation Lucas Debargue gained worldwide attention for his riveting background and 'genius-like playing' (Boris Berezovsky) at one of the world's foremost piano competitions. In 2014 he won the 1st prize at the 9th Gaillard International Piano Competition (France) before becoming one of the prize winners at the 15th Tchaikovsky Competition, when the world instantly took note of a startling and original new talent. A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, Lucas Debargue draws inspiration for his playing from literature, painting, cinema, jazz and develops a very personal interpretation of a carefully selected repertoire.

"The Schubert sonatas receive wistful, measured performances, closer to Sviatoslav Richter's approach, say, than to Alfred Brendel's...the first movement [of the Szymanowski] is launched with great determination, and the final fugue dispatched with a real bravura flourish. Not quite the finished article, perhaps, but definitely a pianist to follow." The Guardian

"He delves into Schubert's and Szymanowski's variously tortured souls and teases out, with velvety tone and eloquent phrasing, nuances that bring fresh insights and carry us deep below the surface. Risks abound, but they're in the service of the music's spirit and they pay off." BBC Music

"Debargue's wholehearted commitment to the music he plays has never been in question…If there is little in Debargue's approach to either of the two Schubert sonatas that is recognisably Viennese, they provide the occasion for some effective music-making…Rarely does a major label afford us the opportunity of observing, up close and personal, the gradual maturation of an artist in such minute detail." Gramophone

"The unhurried first movement of D784 carries granitic grandeur; the brief central movement punches well above the weight its duration might imply. Debargue shades melodies exquisitely, while Schubert's terracing of registers is intelligently delivered. We don't get 'music-box' Schubert in D664; anguish surfaces regularly. This is superb Schubert playing, up there with the likes of Uchida. Inspired coupling, too, for the Szymanowski Sonata. Debargue's achievement is to project the work's crepuscular beauty while retaining textural clarity." Internatonal Piano


Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784
Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664
Szymanowski: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 21

Lucas Debargue - Schubert & Szymanowsk