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      Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1, in D-Flat Major, Op. 10    
      1) I. Allegro brioso  
      2) II. Andante assai    
      3) III. Allegro scherzando    
             
      Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3, in C Major, Op. 26      
      4) I. Andante - Allegro      
      5) II. Theme and Variations      
      6) III. Allegro ma non troppo      
             
      Raymond Luedeke      
      7) The Transparency of Time      
             
  CD 2   Title    
      W. A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.12, in A Major, KV. 414      
      1) I. Allegro      
      2) II. Andante      
      3) III. Allegretto      
             
      Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1, in G Minor, Op. 25      
      4) I. Molto allegro con fuoco      
      5) II. Andante      
      6) III. Presto - molto allegro e vivace      
             
      Bartok Piano Concerto No.3      
      7) I. Allegretto      
      8) II. Adagio religioso      
      9) III. Allegro vivace      
 
ALBUMS

JAQUES HÉTU: Piano concerto no. 2 . With the CBC Radio Orchestra of Vancouver. Winner of 2004 Juno Award for orchestral recordings, as well as the Western Canadian Music Award. CBC Records

 

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano concerto no. 1 in B-flat minor & other works. With the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, cond. Yoav Talmi. Riche Lieu RIC2 9970.

 

BRAHMS: Piano Sonata no. 3 ; Two Rhapsodies, op.79. Analekta AN2 9270
1996 prix Félix (ADISQ), Classical Solo CD of the Year

  • Canadian pianist André Laplante surely deserves wider recognition. His mastery of the instrument stands out even in an age of high technical standards. In my experience, he brings to everything he plays an impressive mixture of virtuosity, rich tone, lyrical phrasing, and sincere feeling. American Record Guide
  • Impressive. Piano Magazine (UK)
  • Laplante has a rare instinct for poetry without sweetness and a technical facility which precludes the merely mechanical and in which tonal refinement and spacious phrasing are integral parts rather than a separate process. The Guardian ( UK )
  • Buy this CD, set aside an hour of quiet time and turn up the volume. You'll have yourself an unforgettable experience. Le Devoir (Montreal)
  • (This) disc devoted to Brahms confirms the pianist's rebirth as an artist of rare romantic inspiration. The Gazette ( Montreal )

LISZT : Sonata in B minor ; Sonetto del Petrarca no. 104, etc. Analekta AN2 9273
1995 prix Félix (ADISQ), Classical Solo CD of the Year

  •  His account of the B-minor sonata is particularly impressive. Piano Magazine (UK)
  • This Liszt recital reminds us of (Laplante's) remarkable technical prowess and alerts us to what may be a new depth of thought. ... A performance of almost operatic fluidity and abundant lyrical detail. Indeed, not a minute of this CD sounds mechanically rendered or idly tossed off, which is apt to be the case in many Liszt recitals, live or recorded. The Gazette ( Montreal )
  • Liszt by Laplante, when he is on, is almost as good as it gets. La Scena Musicale (Canada)
  • The Canadian André Laplante also offers, in addition to a magnificent reading of the Sonata, an electrifying rendering of the Mephisto Waltz . American Record Guide
  • Flawless. That's the only word to describe this disc. I can't remember the last time I was so wowed by a solo piano recording. Laplante should have been declared a national treasure by now. Hour (Montreal)
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RAVEL: Gaspard de la nuit ; Valses nobles et sentimentales ; Menuet antique ; Sonatine. Elan CD 2232
Nomination, 1992 Juno Award

  • Laplante's generously pedaled tone gives the music an appropriately impressionistic shimmer. At times, he evokes the disembodied sound of harp harmonics, and he weights chords and octaves toward the upper register, making the music glisten. The New York Times
  • A caring Ravelian of considerable finesse ...impressionably responsive to the composer's every shimmer and shudder. Gramophone
  • Laplante's considerable coloristic skills and almost luxuriously spacious tempos enable him to bask in the shimmering resonance of Ravel's harmonies. ... I've never heard anything quite like it. ... A valuable addition to the Ravel discography. Stereo Review ( USA )
  • His playing demonstrates remarkable sensitivity of touch and lyricism, qualities which enable him to bring out the sensuousness of Ravel's music. The Gazette ( Montreal )

RAVEL: Miroirs ; Jeux d'eau ; Sérénade grotesque ; Prélude ; Pavane pour une enfante défunte. Analekta AN2 9271
Fanfare, Best Discs of 1996 List

  • His 'Miroirs' is, from start to finish, quite simply one of the best I know. ... This is an artist I would like to hear much more from. A highly recommended disc. Fanfare
  • Laplante is an elusive and complex artist, capable of great intensity and also of poetic eloquence. Particularly impressive are his . 'Miroirs', indeed all of Ravel's piano works. Piano Magazine (UK)
  • (Laplante's) ability to clarify textures whilst retaining a sense of nail-biting excitement or enthralled hush is breathtaking. BBC Music Magazine
  • Amply characterized ... generous in feeling, and boldly colourful. Classic CD ( UK )
  • His most recent Ravel ... is rich in atmosphere and individual feeling. The Gazette ( Montreal )
  • His searching performance of the fiendishly difficult 'Miroirs' carried the listener into the realm of the imagination, with no stopovers on the arid shores of showmanship. Indeed, I often felt as if I were hearing the pieces for the first time. The Globe & Mail ( Toronto )

 

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto no. 3; Prélude, op.23 (1) ; TCHAIKOVSKY: Autumn Song, op. 37a (no. 10). With the Moscow Philharmonic. Analekta/Fleur de Lys FL 23107

Now on CD, the breathtaking performance that won Laplante
the Silver Medal at the1978 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow !!!

  •   Laplante's triumph (at the competition) was justified by genuine musicianship and his performance has much to tell us. Gramophone
  • This is a fresh, vital performance displaying the mastery we have come to expect of this pianist. He is one of the finest pianists around. He brings out the sweep and grandeur of this massive concerto as well as its more tender, lyrical side. ... A compelling reading, deserving a place in any comprehensive collection. American Record Guide
  • So forwardly recorded as to relegate the orchestra to a sideshow, (Laplante's) playing nevertheless withstands scrutiny, and his daring spaciousness never sounds contrived. . well worth its transfer to CD. International Record Review
  • There is to (Laplante) a vigorously romantic intensity tempered by an uncommon sensitivity of touch and tonal color. He commands a dashing technique that he keeps securely subordinated to the expressive concerns of the music. The Chicago Tribune
  • The playing still sounds impressive - big where it needs to be, but predominantly dark and philosophical. The Gazette ( Montreal )
  • A repertoire that fits him like a glove. La Presse (Montreal)
  • Impossible to remain indifferent or lukewarm to this interpretation. . Laplante's power astonishes and delights. Le Devoir (Montreal)
  • An exciting performance . Laplante plays with intelligence, authority, and sincerity. This is without a doubt one of the most spellbinding renditions of Rachmaninov's Third on disc. La Scena Musicale

 

CHAMBER MUSIC

Festival of Sound: music of Milhaud, Saint-Saëns, Strauss, Nielsen, Françaix & Martinu. With the Ensemble of the Festival of the Sound. CBC Records MVCD 1089

  • I defy anyone not to delight in this recording. . A release that is as spirited as it is unhackneyed, music to lift the spirit. Audio Ideas Guide

 

LUEDEKE: Transparency of Time & other works . With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, cond. Bramwell Tovey. C BC Records SMCD 5141

 

RAVEL: Mélodies. With Catherine Robbin, mezzo-soprano & Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. CBC Records MVCD 1128

  • Wow! This is good! The partnership of these two fine Canadian artists is wonderful. Both are adept purveyors of the touch, the idiom, and the style of this music. The phrasing is beautiful and supple throughout. This one gets the full 5 stars. CBC Radio Two "Sound Advice"

 

 

compiled for Piano Six by Judith Rice-Lesage
5/2002

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