Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award), May 2020

DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110639
DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0101V

This film shows a serious, open and reflective musician who, at the age of almost thirty, is not yet sure where his career should go. Successful as a soloist and chamber musician, Lucas Debargue’s great passion is composing. He modestly describes himself as an “instrument of music”, searching for “the core of a composer’s soul” in the pieces of music, and in doing so, he also risks making mistakes. Martin Mirabel, who has known Lucas Debargue for years, portrays the pianist friend subtly, in all his versatility and creativity, but also with his doubts and uncertainties. © 2020 Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award)

International Piano, March 2020

DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110639
DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0101V

The result… is compelling. That this is Mirabel’s first feature film is remarkable; one wonders which other important musical figures he can illuminate? © 2020 International Piano

Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, February 2020

DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110639
DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0101V

…I can only admire Lucas Debargue’s pianism and his obvious enthusiasm for everything he performs. One of the most delightful segments of the documentary is his take on the rags of Scott Joplin where he convincingly demonstrates how the rather mundane tune of The Entertainer can be transformed into something much more interesting by employing jazzy syncopation to give the piece bounce. Debargue has great fun with this piece by varying dynamics and using the whole keyboard to depict a solo voice, then a chorus, and finally the whole orchestra. 

Lucas Debargue is clearly a pianist with a bright future and one who visually also provides real enjoyment and entertainment. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, January 2020

DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110639
DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0101V

…He [Debargue] struggled for a while in various jobs and as bar pianist until the Russian piano teacher Rena Shereshevskaya became his teacher in 2011 and prepared him for the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

The result has changed his life… He could actually live well alone with his music, because it is everything to him.

Debargue will be thirty in October 2020. So far, the music has the power to let him live the musician’s life. © 2020 Pizzicato Read complete review

Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, January 2020

DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110639
DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0101V

French pianist Lucas Debargue, then 27 years old, makes a memorable subject in Martin Mirabel’s informative and entertaining 2017 documentary portrait that displays his artistry, restlessness and—unsurprisingly for a great performer—moments of self-doubt. In addition to revealing interviews, there are glimpses of Debargue playing concertos and solo music, even working on a trio he composed for his own ensemble. Debargue is not the only fascinating artist onscreen: his Russian teacher, Rena Shereshevskaya, is also a character (in both senses) in her own right. The hi-def video and audio are exemplary; extras include excerpts of Debargue performing Beethoven and Scriabin. © 2020 The Flip Side

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2020

DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110639
DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) 

In 2015 the pianist, Lucas Debargue, won the fourth prize in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, and was to become the most talked about competitor.

The film takes us through the two following years in the life of the young French pianist. Born in Paris in October 1990, he spent his formative years in the rural surroundings of Compiegne where, at the age of eleven he began taking piano lessons. Obviously talented, it came as a surprise to his mentor, when at the age of 15 he decided to devote his time to literature. Two years later he returned to Paris to study Arts and Literature which then consumed his life, and it was there he met a fellow student Martin Mirabel. It was a period that lasted for close on three years before he decided to return to the keyboard, a change of direction moulded by his teacher Rena Chereshevsky. The present disc takes up his life from there, and has continued the friendship with Mirabel, who has both written and directed the film. It has, following his Moscow success, taken them to concert venues on both sides of the Atlantic, Debargue offering tantalisingly short extracts from his public appearances, and the beginning of a career in the recording studio. Mixed into this most unusual life has come jazz improvisation and composing, and it is this latter part of his career Chereshevsky fears will rob the world of a rare keyboard talent. We do have a glimpse of his quite remarkable and explosive technique in Ravel’s virtuoso Gaspard de la Nuit. Lasting an hour and twenty minutes, it is in part a travelogue with some music, and moments when he reveals his innermost feelings that appear to come from the insecurity that invades the lives of those in the world of the arts. So far as the technical side if the release, the filming is outstanding, and there are the usual translations in subtitles. To end with we have two highly enjoyable ‘Bonus Tracks’—an improvisation on Duke Ellington’s Caravan, and a sizeable excerpt from Medtner’s Piano Sonata opus 5. © 2020 David’s Review Corner

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group