Dejan’s new CD “Istrian Rhapsody” featuring his own compositions has just been released on BR-Klassik label.
The disc opens with Dejan’s “Concerto in Istrian Style” for piano and orchestra, op. 18, with him as the soloist, and closes with his “Alterations on the Istrian Folk Anthem” for orchestra, op. 29. Dejan is joined by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester (Munich Radio Orchestra) conducted by Ivan Repušić.
Also on the CD you can listen to Dejan’s choir arrangement of the Istrian Folk Anthem, originally composed by Ivan Matetić Ronjgov”, performed by The Choir of the Croatian Radio and Television, conducted by Tomislav Fačini, as well as Natko Devčić’s “Istrian Suite” for orchestra. Also on this CD you can hear the Istrian Folk Anthem performed on traditional Istrian instruments (sopile) by Stjepan Večković.
• More information about the CD —> Dejan Lazić — Istrian Rhapsody
• More information about the music —> Boosey & Hawkes • Sikorski
• TV Show “KlickKlack” about the new CD —> “KlickKlack” (BR Television)
Mozart’s two piano quartets are both masterpieces and among the greatest chamber works in the repertoire. The Rondo concertante is arranged from the last movement of the piano sonata K333, which unusually has a cadenza passage, which lead pianist Dejan Lazić to make a version for piano and orchestra.
On this recording a version for piano quintet brings the music in another fresh guise and you’d be hard pressed to know it wasn’t by Mozart himself.
Lazić is joined by friends he has performed with for years but this is actually his first recording of chamber music in a long recording career. The result is joyful, intimate music making, of the sort only musicians who have a lifetime of performing together can achieve. (Onyx Classics)
WATCH HERE THE MAKING-OF VIDEO (featuring behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, insights into the rehearsals, recording sessions, and the live concert atmosphere on site):
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’.
“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.
Giuliano Carmignola, violin
Sol Gabetta, violoncello
Dejan Lazić, piano
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Giovanni Antonini, conductor
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
(CCS SA 30511)
Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, op. 27, No. 2 (‘Moonlight’)
Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110
WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING (CCS SA 29410)
2 Rhapsodies, op. 79
Scherzo, op. 4
(CCS SA 26308)
Moments Musicaux, op. 16
(CCS SA 23407)
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
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
Piano Works: 1899 – 1917
Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn (1909)
Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899)
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
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.
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