3 CD Re-releaseJean-Claude Vanden Eynden (1964) - Abdel Rahman El Bacha (1978) - Frank Braley (1991)
After the two violin and piano box sets released to mark the 75th anniversary of the Ysaÿe and Queen Elisabeth Competition, ‘muso’ has delved once more into the archives of the Competition to revive recordings by former laureates, not just of works performed with an orchestra, but also from their chamber music programmes.
In this first series of re-releases, we celebrate three pianists, to each of whom we have devoted a complete CD. First up, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden
, an outstanding and important artist who has been a key figure in Belgian musical life for nearly 60 years and who made his breakthrough in 1964, when he was third laureate of the Competition at just 16 years of age! Next, the Franco-Lebanese pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha
, who should really have figured in previous re-releases and who made an unforgettable impression in 1978, thanks both to the serenity radiated by a young man of 19 years of age and to his incredibly musical playing and mastery of form, of sonority, and of different styles. The third in this trio is Frank Braley
, who came first in 1991 and won everyone over right from the start of that year’s competition; although he claimed that, at 22, he wasn’t ready yet to face such a test, he treated his listeners to a moment of poetry and music that none of them have ever forgotten.
The work of showcasing, in the best technical conditions possible, this vast heritage is making it possible for us today to relive the same emotions as previous generations of music-lovers. Deciding who should be included in this first wave of re-releases has not been easy, and will surely whet listeners’ appetites for future re-releases: to be continued…Buy online
The 3CD box set with re-releases of performances by three laureates of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition is available at the price of 45,00- € (+ 5,00- € shipping costs). The box set will be shipped by post as soon as it is available.
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