LISZT

Lucille Chung

Internationally renowned soloist Lucille Chung performs a programme of virtuosic and beguiling works by Franz Liszt.

One of the first female students of the iconic Russian pianist Lazar Berman at the Academia Pianistica in Imola, Italy, Chung has won numerous awards for her performance’s of Liszt’s music, including the B minor Sonata that features on this programme. Lucille describes in her introduction to the programme how Berman “… for a time doubted that a diminutive lady with hands spanning a 9th (although I can now stretch a 10th on a good day) would ever succeed in playing Liszt well … Mr Berman came around.”

Renowned for her “blazing gutsy performance[s]” (The Washington Post), Lucille Chung has been acclaimed for her “stylish and refined performances” by Gramophone magazine, “combining vigour and suppleness with natural eloquence and elegance” (Le Soir).

  1. Toccata, S.197a
  2. Unstern! Sinistre, disastro, S.208
  3. Wiegenlied (Chant du berceau), S.198
  4. Bagatelle sans tonalité, S.216a
  5. Abschied, russisches Volkslied, S.25
  6. Resignazione, S.263/187a
  7. Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort, S.203
  8. Im Traum, S.207
  9. Trübe Wolken (Nuages gris), S.199
  10. Gretchen (from the Faust Symphony), S.513
  11. Sonata in B Minor, S.178
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POULENC

Lucille Chung & Alessio Bax

Poulenc was a skilled pianist, cultivating a style of playing characterised by colourfulness and clarity, possessing an ear for melody that distinguished him as France’s finest song composer since Fauré.

★★★★★ Lucille Chung proves a fantastic Poulenc advocate… A release to savour – Classical Ear

For me the most attractive piece here is Poulenc’s own arrangement for two pianos of his Concerto for two pianos. The slow movement alone is worth the price of this exceptional disc – Classic FM

A very special disc indeed – MusicWeb International

  1. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 1 in B minor
  2. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 2 in A-Flat Major
  3. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 3 in B minor
  4. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 4 in A-Flat Major
  5. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 5 in A Minor
  6. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 6 in B-Flat Major
  7. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 7 in C Major
  8. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 8 in A Minor
  9. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 9 in D Major
  10. 15 Improvisations, FP 63, No. 10 in F Major, “Eloge des gammes”
  11. 15 Improvisations, FP 113, No. 11 in G Minor
  12. 15 Improvisations, FP 113, No. 12 in E-Flat Major, “Hommage a Schubert”
  13. 15 Improvisations, FP 170, No. 13 in A Minor
  14. 15 Improvisations, FP 170, No. 14 in D-Flat Major
  15. 15 Improvisations, FP 176, No. 15 in C Minor, “Hommage a Edith Piaf”
  16. Three Novelettes, FP 47, Novelette in C Major
  17. Three Novelettes, FP 47, Novelette in B-Flat Minor
  18. Three Novelettes, FP 173, Novelette sur un theme de Manuel de Falla
  19. Sonata for Four Hands, FP 8, I. Prelude
  20. Sonata for Four Hands, FP 8, II. Rustique
  21. Sonata for Four Hands, FP 8, III. Final
  22. L’embarquement pour Cythere FP 150
  23. Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos, FP 61, I. Allegro ma non troppo
  24. Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos, FP 61, Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos, FP 61, II. Larghetto
  25. Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos, FP 61, III. Finale
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