“This recording will surely add to this Croatian pianist’s reputation as one of the leading players of his generation.”
BBC Music Magazine (on "Life, Love & Afterlife — a Liszt recital", Onyx Classics)
“Dejan Lazic is the real deal.”
The Sydney Morning Herald

New Release

Dejan Lazić / Netherlands Chamber Orchestra / Gordan Nikolić

Beethoven’s transcription for piano of his violin concerto was made at the request of London based Muzio Clementi. Beethoven admired Clementi as a pianist and found his business as a publisher of use. Johann Baptiste Cramer was a composer and pianist also admired and respected by Beethoven and he settled in London . Both these composers played significant roles in the development of the piano, something Beethoven followed keenly. This fascinating album contains Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in D op61a, Clementi’s Piano Sonata in B minor op40/2, and Cramer’s Piano Sonata in E op62 ‘Le retour à Londres’.

Onyx Classics, 18 May 2018

Dejan Lazić’s fantastic Liszt recital has been released in April 2017

“A fascinating portrait of Liszt as composer, arranger and restless traveller. A must for all lovers of great piano playing, and who wish to explore the wonders of Liszt’s music.” (Onyx Classics, 2017)

Dejan Lazić; on this, his first album for ONYX, pays tribute to a composer and his legacy as a piano virtuoso, organist, improviser, arranger, conductor, teacher, author, philanthropist and traveller.

Liszt lived life to the full, and this recital captures that love of life, his genius as a pianist and composer, a traveller with a restless and curious mind. Liszt’s respect for the music of other composers is to be found in his arrangements for piano of orchestral, operatic and other vocal works. From Wagner’s operas to Schubert Lieder via Beethoven Symphonies, his deep love for the music is apparent and such arrangements gave this music a wider audience in both the salons and domestic settings that lives on today.

“Embarking on a recording project like this obviously required a substantial amount of preparation time. But once the date has come it was of a tremendous importance to capture and to honour the spontaneity of Liszt’s versatile, eclectic, and revolutionary genius”, writes Dejan in his introduction to the recital, captured at a live performance at Hohenhems, and one further day in studio conditions.

PRESS RELEASE

L. van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, Piano and Orchestra in C major, op. 56 (“Triple Concerto”)

Giuliano Carmignola, violin

Sol Gabetta, violoncello

Dejan Lazić, piano

Basel Chamber Orchestra

Giovanni Antonini, conductor

Liaisons – Vol. 3

C.Ph.E. Bach: Piano Sonatas in D minor & E-flat major;
Fantasia in D major; La Böhmer (Murky)
B. Britten: Holiday Diary Suite; Nocturne; 5 Waltzes

Britten: Holiday Diary, Op. 5, Fun-Fair (excerpt)
C. Ph. E. Bach: Sonata in E-flat major, Allegro di molto

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, op. 58
with Australian Chamber Orchestra / Richard Tognetti

(CCS SA 30511)

Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, op. 27, No. 2 (‘Moonlight’)

Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58, Rondo - Vivace
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, op. 27, Presto agitato
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major after Violin Concerto, op. 77 with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Robert Spano

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING (CCS SA 29410)

J. BRAHMS:
2 Rhapsodies, op. 79
Scherzo, op. 4

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, op. 18
with London Philharmonic Orchestra / Kirill Petrenko

(CCS SA 26308)

Moderato; Allegro
Adagio sostenuto
Allegro scherzando

Moments Musicaux, op. 16
Andantino
Allegretto
Andante Cantabile
Presto
Adagio sostenuto
Maestoso

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro scherzando (excerpt)
Rachmaninov: Moment Musicaux op. 16, No. 1: Andantino (excerpt)

Liaisons Vol. 2
(CCS SA 27609)

Robert Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2
Robert Schumann: Waldszenen, Op. 82

Johannes Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 118

Liaisons Vol. 1

(CCS SA 23407)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)

Sonata in C major, K. 420 – Allegro
Sonata in f minor, K. 58 – Fuga
Sonata in F major, K. 82 – Allegro
Sonata in D major, K. 491 – Allegro
Sonata in D major, K. 430 – Non presto ma a tempo di ballo
Sonata in C major, K. 159 – Allegro
Sonata in d minor, K. 9 – Allegro
Sonata in F major, K. 17 – Presto
Sonata in a minor, K. 3 – Presto
Sonata in E major, K. 380 – Andante comodo
Sonata in E major, K. 135 – Allegro

Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)

3 Rondos on Slovak Folktunes, Sz 84, BB 92;
7 Sketches, Sz 44, BB 54 (op. 9b);
Funeral March from symphonic poem ‘Kossuth’, Sz 21, BB 31 (arranged for piano by the composer);
6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (from ‘Microcosmos’ – Vol. 6), Sz 107, BB 105

Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm No. 4, from 'Microcosmos' - Vol. 6

Sonata in B-flat major, D 960 (op. posth.)
‘Moments Musicals’, D 780 (op. 94)

 (CCS SA 20705)

Haydn: English Sonatas
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2

(CCS SA 19703)

Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, Hob. XVII:50
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVII:52
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 19

Retrospection

Piano Works: 1899 – 1917
(CCS 17598)

Prélude (1913)
Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn (1909)

Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899)
Sonatine (1903-05)
Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914-1917)

Valses nobles et sentimentales (1911)

À la manière de Chabrier (1913)
À la manière de Borodine (1913)
Prelude (Postlude, 1913) – Version 2: d´un rythme libre

Retrospection
(CCS 15998)

Sonata in B-flat Minor, op. 35 (‘with the funeral march’);

2 Nocturnes, op. 32;
Valse in C-sharp Minor, op. 64 no. 2;
Valse in D-flat Major, op. 64 no. 1;
Valse in G-flat Major, op. 70 no. 1;
Ballade in G minor, op. 23;
Grande Polonaise brillante précédée d’un Andante Spianato

in E-flat Major, op. 22;

Valse in A-flat Major, op. 69 no. 1;
Grande Valse brillante in E-flat Major, op. 18;
Valse in E Minor, op. posth.

Retrospection
(CCS 13398)

Gigue in G major, K. 574;
Fantasia and Fugue in C major, K. 394 (383a);
Sonata in C major, K. 330 (330h);
Minuet in D major, K. 355 (594a; KV6:576b);
Sonata in G major, K. 283 (189h);
Fantasia in d minor, K. 397 (385g);
9 Variations in D major, after a Minuet of Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573;
Minuet in G major, K. 1 (KV6:1e);
Minuet in C major, K. 1, Trio (KV 6:1f)

W. A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622

W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in E-flat major, K. 449

Dejan Lazić, clarinet & piano

Zagreb Soloists

(recording: 1991)

Next Concerts

Sep 15, 2018 Amsterdam (NL)
Concertgebouw, Main Hall
Rachmaninov 2 at the Concertgebouw
Sep 16, 2018 Amsterdam (NL)
Concertgebouw, Main Hall
Rachmaninov 2 at the Concertgebouw
Sep 23, 2018 Hannover (GER)
Staatsoper
1. Sinfoniekonzert 2018/2019
Sep 24, 2018 Hannover (GER)
Staatsoper
1. Sinfoniekonzert 2018/2019
Oct 04, 2018 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Jazzy Shostakovich
Oct 05, 2018 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Jazzy Shostakovich
Oct 06, 2018 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Jazzy Shostakovich
Oct 25, 2018 Melbourne (AUS)
Hamer Hall
Debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Oct 27, 2018 Melbourne (AUS)
Hamer Hall
Debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Previous Concerts

Compositions

Upcoming “Chinese Fantasy” for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 22
Upcoming Cadenzas for the Piano Concertos by Joseph Haydn
Upcoming “Trout Pond” – a Variation after the theme of the song “The Trout” by Franz Schubert, Op. 23
2018 Mozart / arr. Lazić: “Rondo Concertante” after ”Allegretto grazioso“ from Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major, K. 333
2017 Cadenzas for the Piano Concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven
2017 “Mozart and Salieri” – a Symphonic Poem inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s eponymous drama, Op. 21
2014 Piano Concerto in Istrian Style, Op. 18
2009 Piano Concerto “No. 3” in D Major (after Violin Concerto, Op. 77) with Cadenza by Dejan Lazić
2008 “Istrian Dance”, Op. 15a
2005 “Kinderszenen” – Hommage a Schumann, Op. 15
2003 “The Storm” – 8 Miniatures for Orchestra, Op. 14
2001 “Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite”: Fantasy for Flute, Viola and Piano, Op. 13
1999 “Chaconne” for Violoncello solo, Op. 11
1998 Variations on “Hava Nagila”, Op. 10
1997 String Quartet, Op. 9
1996 (2005) 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 7
1995 Sinfonietta, Op. 6
1994 “Conversazioni” for Clarinet and Viola, Op. 5
various Arrangements, Transcriptions & Cadenzas

Videos

Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Budapest Festival Orchestra & Iván Fischer

Watch here the preview of Dejan’s performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, filmed live at the National Béla Bartók Concert Hall — Müpa Budapest on 1 April 2017, as a part of the recent European tour with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer. Budapest, 1 April 2017

Dejan Lazić plays Brahms 2 with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgards

Excerpts from J. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major: *Allegro appassionato (fade out) *Allegretto grazioso (fade out) Filmed live in Helsinki Music Centre, Finland, on 17 October 2014

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto on German TV

Here you can watch a short film about the creative process during rehearsals, concerts and recording sessions of Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano, Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra in C major, op. 56 (‘Triple Concerto’). Cellist and host of Germany’s beloved TV-show ‘KlickKlack’, Sol Gabetta talks to Dejan, ...

MITO: Festival Internazionale della Musica — Milan, Italy

F. Liszt: ‘Totentanz’ (‘Dance of the Dead’) for piano and orchestra – excerpts Dejan Lazić, piano Budapest Festival Orchestra Iván Fischer, conductor Conservatorio di Milano, Sala Verdi – a cura di OLO Creative Farm (English & Italiano)

Dejan is the guest on ‘Klick-Klack’, beloved German TV show

Here he talks to cellist and moderator of the show Sol Gabetta about his recent arrangement of Brahms Violin Concerto and in a musical exchange with violinist Benjamin Schmid the two compare the original version with present arrangement, all accompanied by several live-clips filmed recently at the Amsterdam Premiere in Concertgebouw! (Deutsch)

Dutch Premiere: 24 September 2011, Amsterdam Concertgebouw

Brahms / arr. Lazic: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major (after Violin Concerto, op. 77) Featuring: Zen Hu, violin Pianist en componist Dejan Lazić laat zien en horen hoe hij het Vioolconcert van Brahms bewerkte voor piano en orkest. De vraag is: wat doet een violist, wat de pianist niet kan? Maar ook: hoe […]

Dejan as special guest on German ZDF-Afternoon Journal in Mainz

Dejan was a special guest on German TV show ZDF-Afternoon Journal at the station’s Broadcasting Center in Mainz, Germany. Here you can watch an interview followed by a coverage of his life in Amsterdam, his early years in Zagreb and Salzburg, his passion for music and football, plus his debut appearance at the world famous ...

MAKING OF ‘BRAHMS 3’: transforming a Violin Concerto into a Piano Concerto

Dejan demonstrates at the piano and talks about the process of the arrangement, followed by clips from rehearsals with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, interviews with Dejan Lazić and Robert Spano, and much more – all filmed on location in Atlanta, USA and in Sydney, Australia. (English)

Dejan Lazić appeared on VPRO’s popular TV show ‘Free Sounds’

In Amsterdam Dejan appeared on VPRO’s popular TV show ‘Free Sounds’. There he presented his recent Brahms CD and performed Brahms’ Rhapsody in B minor, op. 79 no. 1 live in studio. (English with Nederlands subtitles)

Dejan as special guest on German TV show ZDF-Morning Journal in Berlin

His appearance there included an interview and a live studio performance of Rachmaninov’s ‘Moment Musicaux’ op. 16, No. 1. (Deutsch)
Rachmaninov: Moment Musicaux op. 16, No. 1: Andantino (excerpt)