Haydn English Sonatas, Beethoven Piano Concerto 2 (2003)

Haydn, Beethoven

Dejan Lazic

Heribert Beissel

The early Beethoven, the late Haydn... Where is the borderline between these two - what is the connection, what differentiates them? Although their ways of life and characters were clearly different, both masters lived in a time during which it was as important to obey the prescribed musical rules as it was to connect the artists intellect with his creativity, personality, and emotional world.

I make express use of the word artist here, because nowadays it is customary to divide the word artist into the composer and the interpreter. It is a known fact that the young Franz Liszt, when playing before Beethoven, was only able to satisfy the older master when he had transposed a Bach fugue into another key and, in addition, had improvised for a half hour! How, indeed, would Beethoven react today, when, instead of an own cadenza, the performer offers Beethovens cadenza exactly as planned and, moreover, carefully prepared? We forget all too easily that the cadenza is a free space for the soloists personal inventiveness and expertise in improvisation, as well as his technical brilliance.....

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Dejan Lazic

Pianist and composer Dejan Lazic was born into a musical family in Zagreb, Croatia, and grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied at the Mozarteum. He is quickly establishing a reputation worldwide as “a brilliant pianist and a gifted musician full of ideas and able to project them persuasively” (Gramophone). The New York Times hailed his performance as “... full of poetic, shapely phrasing and vivid dynamic effects that made this music sound fresh, spontaneous and impassioned”. After a highly successful Edinburgh Festival recital, The Scotsman wrote recently: "Dejan Lazic shines like a new star!"

As recitalist and soloist with orchestra Dejan Lazic has appeared at major venues in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia, and has been invited to numerous international festivals, including the world-famous BBC Proms in summer 2011.

In Spring 2008 he gave his orchestral debuts at New York’s Lincoln Center with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer and at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Kirill Petrenko. He also gave highly successful recital debuts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London Queen Elizabeth Hall, Munich Prinzregententheater, Washington Kennedy Center, in Montreal, Tokyo, Beijing and in Istanbul. In Summer 2008 he performed Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto at the Beijing Great Hall of People in a televised pre-olympic gala concert for an audience of 7,000.

He also performed very successfully with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini, Atlanta and Seattle Symphonies under Robert Spano, Swedish Radio, Danish National, Indianapolis, and Sapporo Symphonies, as well as with the Seoul, Hong Kong, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras. In Winter 2010 he toured Spain with Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott.

Other orchestral engagements lead him to the BBC Symphony in London, BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow and Edinburgh, SWR Symphony in Stuttgart, MDR Symphony in Leipzig, Residentie Orkest in The Hague, Helsinki Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona, and Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo. With Basel Chamber Orchestra and Giovanni Antonini he performs on tour, among others, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Cologne Philharmonie, and Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts. From 2008/09 season Dejan Lazic is “Artist in Residence” with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam.

He also enjoys a growing following in the Far East to where he returned last season for a tour with NHK Symphony Orchestra. Other engagements there include those with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (including concerts at Tokyo's Suntory Hall & Metropolitan Art Space), Sapporo Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, NSO Taiwan, as well as a series of recitals throughout Japan and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China.

In November 2009 he toured Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra led by Richard Tognetti, including concerts at the world famous Sydney Opera House. In 2010/11 season he toured Europe, South America, and Asia with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer.

Alongside his solo career Dejan Lazic is also a passionate chamber musician.

He records exclusively for Channel Classics and has released a dozen of recordings so far. The 1st volume of his new "Liaisons" series with works by Scarlatti and Bartók was released in 2007 to great critical acclaim; the 2nd volume with a Schumann/Brahms programme was released in 2009, the 3rd volume with a C.P.E. Bach/Britten programme was released in 2011. In Fall 2008 he released a CD with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kirill Petrenko playing Rachmaninov's famous 2nd Piano Concerto - a live recording that has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences worldwide and in addition it won the prestigious German Echo Klassik Award 2009. In February 2011 he released a disc featuring Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto which was recorded live in Sydney with the Australian Chamber Orchestra led by Richard Tognetti.

Dejan Lazic is also active as a composer. His works include various piano compositions, chamber music (including String Quartet op. 9, written for Mstislav Rostropovich's 70th birthday gala), and orchestral works, as well as Cadenzas for Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven Piano Concertos. In 2007/08 season he premiered his piano cycle "Kinderszenen – Hommage à Schumann" op. 15 at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

His recent arrangement of Brahms’s Violin Concerto for piano and orchestra saw its World Premiere on October 1, 2009 in Atlanta, USA, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under their music director Robert Spano. This concert was also recorded live by Channel Classics and the CD was released in January 2010 to great critical acclaim.

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Haydn English Sonatas, Beethoven Piano Concerto 2 (2003)

Haydn, Beethoven

Dejan Lazic


Pianistisch brillant is sein Spiel, in den schnellen Setzen rasch und Staccato-orientiert und manchmal sogar trocken zu nennen, dabei von einem dramatischen Impetus, die sich stark kontrastierender Dynamik und einer excentrische Behandlung des Metrums uert. (...)

    Bayerische Rundfunkt, 4 Klassik

kammermusikalisch intim und das auf hchsten Niveau. Eine CD fr Sammler, die schon alles haben - und fr Klassikfreunde, die spa daran haben, das Original mit der Solomon-Frassung zu vergleichen.

    Klassieke Zaken

een alleskunner die de muziekwereld steeds weer verbaasd doet staan... onnavolgbare vingervlugheid en briljant spel


Der groe Durchbruch .... Wie kein anderer vor ihm lotet Lazic alle Spielarten des Haydnschen Witzes souvern aus - vom schechternen Grinsen bis zum derben Schenkelklopfer. ... Das Klangbild der CD ist vorbildlicht: naturlich und rumlich beim Haydn, prezise und direkt beim Beethoven (...)

    Fono Forum

Diese neue SACD hat hohen Originalitts- und Unterhaltungswert, zwingt zum Zuhren, geht vor allem bei Haydn bewusst an die grenzen des metrisch Mglichen.

    Classics Today

I found it witty and compelling and a refreshing change of pace ... the finale has terrific energy and real sparkle from the soloist ...The solo piano works sound excellent.... it's an attractive disc from a quirky pianistic personality.


The results are equally impressive technically and musically. I look forward to hearing more from this fine artist..... Lovely, often daring and humorous virtuoso duo works

Haydn English Sonatas, Beethoven Piano Concerto 2 (2003)

Haydn, Beethoven

Dejan Lazic

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