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The Naxos Laureate Series is a collection of recitals by young, talented artists who have distinguished themselves as winners of prestigious international competitions. The series comprises recordings by guitarists, pianists, violinists, cellists and organists that have been critically well-received. This month the edition sees its 91st release with a recital by the Spanish pianist Juan Pérez Floristán. His programme features music by Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann.

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Piano Recital: Pérez Floristán, Juan - LISZT, F. / SCHUMANN, R.
Juan Pérez Floristán Piano Laureate Recital
Winner, XVIII Santander International Piano Competition 2015

Juan Pérez Floristán, Piano

Even after his death in 1827 Beethoven continued to dominate European music and was held in great respect by composers such as Liszt and Schumann. The latter’s ‘greatest work in large form for piano solo,’ the sonata-like Phantasie was originally intended as a contribution to Beethoven’s monument in Bonn. This is reflected in its use of fragments from An die ferne Geliebte, Liszt’s transcription of which preserves the song’s mood of longing and resignation. Liszt’s innovative Sonata in B minor is a remarkable summary of his characteristics as a composer and a performer. In 2015 Spanish pianist Juan Pérez Floristán won the First and the Audience Prizes at the Santander International Piano Competition and the First Prize at the Steinway Competition, Berlin.

Listen to an extract from
Schumann's Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17:
II. Mässig. Durchaus energisch.

About the Artist
Juan Pérez Floristán
Winner of the First and the Audience Prizes at the Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition and the First Prize of the Steinway Competition in Berlin (2015), Juan Pérez Floristán is establishing a stellar career among the new generation of European musicians. In addition to his numerous recital and concerto performances, he is also a committed chamber musician, performing with his ensemble, the VibrArt Trio, and makes frequent appearances at prestigious chamber music festivals.
Other recordings in the Naxos Laureate Series
“This release stands out not only for the sheer musicality and technical brilliance of the performer, but for his imaginatively structured and adventurous program.”
WFMT (Chicago)
  Listen to an extract from
Dušan Bogdanovi's Guitar Sonata No. 3:
III. Allegretto
“This is an astonishing debut recording. Choi … has huge technical skills coupled with sensitivity toward registration and tempo that earmark her not as a rising star but as one already on the threshold of significance in the organ world ... Her bravura technique is awesome.”
American Record Guide
  Listen to an extract from
Dupré's Variations sur un Noël:
Var. X: Fugato - Presto
“All of this music is performed with subtle intensity by Altstaedt and Gallardo. It is an unusually interesting program played with polish and virtuosity.”
American Record Guide
  Listen to
Pierné's Expansion, Op. 21
“Sound and balance are exemplary; this is an outstanding addition to the Naxos Laureate series.”
  Listen to an extract from
Waxman's Carmen Fantasy

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