Compact Discoveries®
a series of one-hour radio programs produced, written, hosted, and edited
by Fred Flaxman

©2013 by Fred Flaxman

Program 210
"Lise de la Salle"

MUSIC: Liszt: opening of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S. 124 performed by pianist Lise de la Salle with the Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster [Naďve V 5053, Track 5] [under the following]

Hello and welcome to another hour of Compact Discoveries.  I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman. The reason this series is called Compact Discoveries is because, logically enough, it emphasizes musical discoveries available on compact discs. It specializes in making discoveries of beautiful music by composers most people have never heard of. But once in a while we also feature our discovery of a new, usually young, classical musician. And that will be the case for this hour, devoted to the extraordinary piano playing of the young French pianist Lise de la Salle. We’ll listen to her recordings of Chopin’s Piano Concerto Number 2 and Liszt’s Piano Concerto Number 1.

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Lise de la Salle has the perfect name for a career as a concert pianist. After all, “salle,” in French, means “hall” as in “concert hall” or “Carnegie Hall” or “Salle Pleyel” in Paris. So her name in English would be “Lisa of the Concert Hall,” which makes it very easy to remember!

Lisa de la Salle was born in 1988, and started to play the piano at the age of four. She gave her first concert, broadcast live by Radio France, when she was nine. From 2003 until 2005 she studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris.

Between 1997 and 2004 she won numerous competitions, among them the first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, which gave her the opportunity to make her debut in both New York and Washington.

Lise de la Salle has been pursuing an impressive international career, performing at the major concert halls of Europe, the United States, and Asia. Her many festival appearances have included the Ravinia and Aspen Festivals in the U.S. She has made several award-winning recordings. I think all of them have been on the Naďve Classics label, as are the two I’ll bring you in this hour.

First here’s the Chopin Piano Concerto Number 2 in F Minor, Opus 21, with Lise de la Salle and the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra conducted by Fabio Luisi.

MUSIC:
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-Minor, Op. 21 performed by pianist Lise de la Salle with Staatskapelle Dresden [Naďve V 5215, Tracks 5, 6, 7]

Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-Minor, Op. 21 performed by pianist Lise de la Salle with Staatskapelle Dresden. This was from a Naďve Classics compact disc recording.

You are listening to an hour of piano concertos by Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt performed by the sensational French pianist Lise de la Salle on Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.
 
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Now for the second and final piano concerto for this hour: Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Once again the pianist is Lise de la Salle. But this time she’s playing with the Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster.

MUSIC:
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S. 124 performed by pianist Lise de la Salle with the Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster [Naďve V 5053, Tracks 5, 6, 7, 8]

Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major performed by pianist Lise de la Salle with the Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster. This was from a Naďve Classics compact disc recording.

You have been listening to French pianist Lise de la Salle on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.
 
If you missed any of this program or would like to hear it again, go to compactdiscoveries.com on the internet, where you’ll find links to stream Compact Discoveries programs on demand without charge.   You’ll also find information on every recording used in every program. This is program number 210.  Thank you for listening!

ANNOUNCER (Steve Jencks): Compact Discoveries is made possible in part by Story Book Publishers and their latest offering, a tongue-in-cheek memoir by Compact Discoveries host Fred Flaxman called “Sixty Slices of Life ... on Wry: The Private Life of a Public Broadcaster.”  And by the financial support of Isabel and Marvin Leibowitz, and an anonymous donor from Palm Beach, Florida.


Total Program Timing: 59:00