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Franz Liszt:
Sonata in B minor
Grandes Études de Paganini

George-Emmanuel Lazaridis, piano


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Linn Records is delighted to announce the imminent release of the debut disc by young Greek pianist George-Emmanuel Lazaridis.   Lazaridis, selected by the Megaron as its ECHO Rising Star performer for 2006-7, now presents Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor, one of the seminal works of the romantic piano repertoire and one of the most technically challenging pieces any pianist can undertake.

Continuing this virtuosic theme, and demonstrating his great ambition as a pianist of the highest calibre, Lazaridis also presents Liszt's Grandes Études de Paganini.   This six-part composition, based on themes originally composed for violin by Niccolò Paganini, again places huge demands on the technical and interprative abilities of the performer.

Lazaridis' growing reputation as a musician has already secured him two-page interviews in International Piano and Pianist Magazine, with more to follow.   He has received a plethora of honorary awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Academy of Athens and the Worshipful Company of Musicians awards, the Queen Elizabeth (RCM), Cathleen Creed (TCM) the Onassis, Hattori and Levendis Foundations to name but a few.

    “An exhilarating soloist” - (Monde De La Musique, Georges Gad)

    “A genius at work” - (Eastern Daily Press, Michael Drake)

    “One of the finest pianists of his generation” - (Yonty Solomon)

    “Special enough to be beyond comparison” - (BBC Music, Adrian Jack)

1. sonata in b minor       33.38

grandes études de paganini:
2.     I       [4.22]
3.     II      [5.02]
4.     III     [4.50]
5.     IV    [1.58]
6.     V     [2.43]
7.     VI    [4.53]

        Total Time     [57.41]

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