New Album              CHANTS NOSTALGIQUES

 

AVIE AV2316

Luiza Borac has captured international accolades for her committed performances of the music of fellow Romanians George Enescu and Dinu Lipatti, as well as the prowess of her research and programming. On Chants nostalgiques she comes up trumps again, with an ingenious track list of treasured songs transcribed for piano that includes numerous premieres. The title track is a first recording of a group of three songs composed by the legendary Romanian conductor Constantin Silvestri. There are Liszt arrangements of some of Schubert’s most classic lieder – including Gretchen am Spinnrade, Erlkönig and Ave Maria – Rachmaninov’s take on Kreisler’s famous Liebesleid and Liebesfreud, and Luiza’s own transcription of Tárrega’s timeless guitar solo Requerdos de la Alhambra, the first ever version recorded with piano. An enticing bonus is the inclusion of previously unreleased historical recordings by the great Romanian tenor Ion Buzea, supplemented with Luiza’s modern piano thanks to present-day technology.

Mit Chants nostalgiques präsentiert die Pianistin Luiza Borac eine geniale Zusammenstellung von Liedbearbeitungen einschließlich einiger Premieren: Liszts Einrichtungen klassischer Schubert-Lieder, Rachmaninows Kreisler-Aufnahmen, Luiza Boracs eigene Bearbeitung von Tárregas zeitlosen Requerdos de la Alhambra, die erste Aufzeichnung des Titelstücks von Silvestri und eine offenbarende Erstveröffentlichung historischer Aufnahmen des legendären rumänischen Tenors Ion Buzea, begleitet von Luiza Borac.

CD Release Concerts:

26 June - London, Steinway Hall

27 June - St Martin-in-the-Fields

 

'My highest recommendation is based on her personal dedication and her commitment to the beauty of the pianistic art. It is rare to find such a stellar combination among the artists of her age group.'

 

Paul Pollei, Founder of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation USA

 

 

Ambassadrice de la Citè Èpiscopale UNESCO Albi

 

Medaille d’Honneur d'Albi

 

BBC Music Magazine Award

 

Silver Medalist Gina Bachauer Piano Competition

 

1st Prize Grieg Piano Competition

 

1st Prize Mendelssohn Piano Competition Berlin

 

1st Prize Viotti-Valsesia Piano Competition

 

 

Luiza Borac has been praised as a pianist of 'unusual poetical expressiveness' (Dr. Joachim Kaiser, Suddeutsche Zeitung), a 'formidable interpreter', 'a virtuoso of fantastic brilliance', and a 'young master' by the international music press.

'The supreme Enescu pianist of our time' has become one of the most charismatic artists of her generation, not least through her superb, award-winning recordings for Avie Records. 

"Passion, sensitivity and tremendous technical control are the words that sum up Luiza Borac's performance" (BBC Music Magazine).

 

 

“In these transcriptions Borac plays with lyrical beauty and unaffected poetry, projecting a sensitively-voiced singing line.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 ****

“It is… rare to encounter on disc all six of Liszt's Chopin song transcriptions in sequence. It is even rarer to hear them played quite as well as this, easily the best versions of those currently available, not merely because of the intimacy and easeful rubato Luiza Borac brings to the music but for the lovely recorded sound."

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2009

 

Next

13 June - Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra/Kah Chun Wung

26 June - London Steinway Hall

27 June - London St. Martin-in-the-Fields

15 August - Husum Festival Rarities of piano music

 

Latest News 2014

 On 4 and 5 May Luiza performed in Zurich a Solo Recital and held a Conference dedicated to the great Romanian composer GEORGE ENESCU. She played works by George Enescu, Dinu Lipatti, Schubert-Liszt.

 

In March she was awarded a summa cum laudae from the Music University Bucharest for her doctoral thesis dedicated to the piano works by George Enescu.

 

On 23 February Luiza played at Radio Svizzera Italiana Lugano, where she performed a solo Recital "Celebrating SCHUBERT".

 

1 February - Hannover, Solo Recital, Works by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt

 

 

Press 

"Luiza Borac has brilliantly raised international awareness of the piano works of her country's musical hero George Enescu" BBC Music Magazine

  

 "Poetischste Künstlerin" Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung

 

"Ein Traum von einer Pianistin" RONDO

 

"Wer den beiden klassischen Zwölferzyklen Chopins noch frische Akzente abgewinnen kann, darf sich zur Pianisten-Elite rechnen" Der Spiegel

 

Mit dem Album hat die Pianistin Luiza Borac wohl viele Erwartungen übertroffen...brilliante Einspielung" Hessischer Rundfung, CD-Tipp, hr2 Kultur

 

"Wärmeren Ton als Pollini...hellerem Terrain als Arrau" klassik-heute

 

"Mit ihrer neuen CD löst Luiza Borac die Eintrittskarte für den Klavierolymp" RADIO BREMEN

 

"Formidable Interpreter" San Francisco Chronicle 

 

"Superbly played" Observer

ALBUM Release 2013

 

Piano Music by Dinu Lipatti

Academy of St Martin in the Fields/

Jaime Martin

 

5 Stars performance BBC Music Magazine

 

Outstanding in the International Record Review

 

Best CD of 2 Months in the Piano News

 

Portrait feat. in Der Spiegel, WDR

Album of the Week on Sinfini & Artsjournal

Irish Times, Gramophone, Diapason, Musicweb, Audiophile

 

“This two-disc set of solo and orchestral works, played with commitment by the pianist Luiza Borac, offers an intriguing traversal of his (Lipatti) compositional aesthetic and influences.”

New York Times, 26th February 2014

 

AVIE RECORDS

AV 2271

Piano Music by Dinu Lipatti

 

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Jaime Martin

 

Award-winning pianist Luiza Borac champions the compositions of fellow-Romanian Dinu Lipatti for his 95th anniversary in a 2 CD-set that includes a number of world-premiere recordings.

 

Pianist Luiza Borac was recognised with a BBC Music Magazine Award for her artistry and advocacy of the piano canon of George Enescu. She now turns to another compatriot best known as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century who was also during his short lifetime a celebrated composer: DINU LIPATTI.

With influences that range from the counterpoint of Bach to the lyricism of Chopin and the folk-tinged soundscapes of Enescu (Lipattis's godfather), as well as his teachers Paul Dukas, Alfred Cortot and Nadia Boulanger, Lipatti forged an individual voice over the 18 years of his compositional career.

 

“Borac breezes with the same breezy confidence as Lipatti”

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

 

“While reasonably rich in passionately youthful outings this programme is worth every penny of its asking price, not only for its fine recording qualities and Luiza Borac’s superb playing, but for undiscovered gems – in particular the amazing Fantaisie, as well as the fascinating Concertino.” MusicWeb International, January 2013

 

“Borac plays with technical assurance and the utmost sensitivity. The London recording of the Concertino is a litle lacking in intimacy; the Berlin solo recordings have a church acoustic that blurs the textures, but more often enhances the beauty of Lipatti's writing and Borac's playing.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2013 *****

 

 

“The Romanian pianist is not just a wow playing her countryman Enescu — she understands Chopin equally well. The op 10 and 25 Etudes are dispatched with subtlety of touch and phrasing. Liszt’s transcriptions of Chopin songs serve as a charming introduction. As before, Borac is supported by a recording of caressing depth — a worthy tribute to the audio wizardry of the late John Barnes.” The Times, 26th July 2009 ****

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