Young Pianists At Lso St Luke's


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In the first of four recitals this week given by major pianists under the age of 30 and recorded at LSO St Lukes in London, French pianist Lise de la Salle performs Brahms's two well-known Rhapsodies Op 79, and the composer's own arrangement of a movement from his First String Sextet, plus one of the most demanding works in the piano repertoire, Ravel's brilliantly evocative Gaspard de la nuit.

Born in Cherbourg in 1988, Lise de la Salle, started playing the piano at the age of four and gave her first concert, broadcast live by Radio France, when she was nine. At the age of thirteen she made her concerto debut with Beethoven's Second Concerto. Between 1997 and 2004 she won numerous competitions (e.g. First Prize in the 2004 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York), and she made her first commercial CD at the age of only fourteen.

Lise de la Salle (piano)

Brahms: Theme and Variations in D minor (arranged from String Sextet No 1)

Brahms: 2 Rhapsodies, Op 79

Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit.

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The second of this week's recitals, recorded at LSO St Lukes in London and given by leading international pianists under the age of 30, Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin plays the reflective Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude from Liszt's Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, and Mussorgsky's unique cycle of tone paintings, Pictures at an Exhibition

Denis Kozhukhin was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1988, and counts among his many successes First Prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in 2010.

Denis Kozhukhin (piano)

Liszt: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.

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In the third of this week's recitals by leading pianists under the age of 30, recorded at LSO St Lukes in London, Federico Colli performs Beethoven's Sonata in A flat Op 26 and Schubert's 4 Impromptus D935

Born in Brescia in 1998, Federico Colli won First Prizes at the 2011 Salzburg Mozart Competition and the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012.

Federico Colli (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A flat, Op 26

Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D935.

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The final recital in the series by leading pianists under the age of 30 sees German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott perform Beethoven's so-called 'Tempest' Sonata Op 31 No 2 and Liszt's dazzling Paganini Studies

Born in Munich in 1988 Alice Sara Ott started playing the piano at the age of three, was studying at the Salzburg Mozarteum by the age of twelve, and has already recorded five acclaimed CDs for the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Alice Sara Ott (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in D minor, Op 31 No 2 (The Tempest)

Liszt: Paganini Studies.