Lise de la Salle is a 16-year-old pianist and, whatever it is, she's got more of it than anybody in the last two decades. As she proves over and over again in this recital of Bach and Liszt, de la Salle has an enormous technique, an immense tone, and an outsized interpretative personality. From the tremendous difficulties of the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue at the start of the program to the insuperable difficulties of the Mephisto Waltz at its end, de la Salle overcomes every obstacle with impressive ease. Better than that, de la Salle gets beneath the notes to the music, not only plumbing the spiritual depths of Bach's Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, but reveling in the sensual delights of Liszt's Sonetto 104 del Petrarca. While one can imagine she will only improve as she matures, de la Salle is already a consummate artist and this recital will be enjoyed by anyone who loves great pianism. Naïve's sound is intimate and overwhelming.
AllMusic Review by James Leonard
|Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, for keyboard in D minor, BWV 903 (BC L34)|
Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, transcription for piano (after J. S. Bach, BWV 659; Ten Chorale Preludes No. 3), KiV B27/3
Ich ruf' zu dir, transcription for piano (after J.S. Bach, BWV 639; Ten Chorale Preludes No. 5), KiV B27/5
|Prelude and Fugue, for organ in A minor "The Great," BWV 543 (BC J42)|