Sony Classical Releases Lucas Debargue's Music of Miłosz Magin with Kremerata Baltica & Gidon Kremer

A true discovery of a fascinating yet unknown composer

First Single Out Now – Nostalgie du pays

Full Album Released by Sony Classical on August 27, 2021 | Pre-Order

After acclaimed recordings of music by the great masters, Lucas Debargue shines much-needed light on a composer he is determined must be heard: Miłosz Magin (1929 – 1999). “Magin’s style is capable of both enchanting and surprising us,” the French pianist says. “Few composers of his time were so open to cultivating the art of writing beautiful melodies.”

Born in Poland in 1929, Magin settled in Paris in 1960. After a car accident in 1963 he traded a career as one of Poland’s greatest pianists for that of an imaginative composer who would never forget the traditions of his homeland. Magin’s greatest inspiration was Chopin, another Pole who made Paris his home and whose piano works Magin recorded for Decca. The two composers are buried next to one another in Paris. Magin’s music shares much of the same lucid, distilled quality as that of his forbear, as well as a pianistic elegance that speaks of France and Poland in equal measure.

“His music has been resonating in my mind’s ear for the last twenty years,” says Debargue, whose first piano teacher was a student of Magin and ‘admired him not only as an inspired composer but also as a pianist and as a teacher whose advice on interpretative matters had often proved invaluable to her. His music has played a crucial role in my life. I grew up with it’, continues the French pianist. The pieces written for children, especially Magin’s Miniature Polonaises of which he presents Nostalgie du pays, were one of the first works he learned with his first piano teacher. When Debargue included Magin’s Nostalgie du pays at a recital in Paris, the composer’s granddaughter Alexandra contacted him. A correspondence began and a world of unpublished music saw the light of day. This is the first single out on the album, available now.

Debargue’s new album, with Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer, presents the composer’s rhapsodic piano concerto, combining puckish agility with magical luminosity. Kremer himself plays the Violin Concerto that frolics with Polish dances, while pianist and violinist are united for exquisite chamber works and Debargue presents gems for solo piano.

This album includes world premiere recordings of the Violin Concerto, Vocalises and Andante for Violin and Piano. It also presents the composer’s intense, prayerful Stabat mater for strings and timpani. “I already knew the sound of the Kremerata Baltica and was convinced that it would be ideal for Magin’s Stabat mater and his concertos,” says Debargue.

The Polish word Żal forms the album’s title. It refers to an emotion – particularly a complex and multifaceted one and is neigh-untranslatable. This single word, a single emotion with worlds of meaning, conveys for Debargue, the scent, complexity, depth and emotion of Magin’s music.

TRACKLIST

1. Andante pour violon et piano

Concerto No. 3 pour piano, cordes et percussions

2. I. Allegro con fuoco - Allegro Appassionato

3. II. Allegro

4. III. Presto

5. IV. Adagio

6. V. Allegro con fuoco

7. Vocalise No. 2 - Andantino

8. Vocalise No. 3 - Vivace

9. Nostalgie du pays, extrait des Miniatures Polonaises

Concerto Rustico pour violon, cordes et percussions

10. I. Allegro

11. II. Andantino

12. III. Presto

13. Vocalise No. 1 - Andante

14. Vocalise No. 4 - Andantino

15. Stabat Mater pour cordes et timbales

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