Piano Recital Concert with Isabelle Lafitte

Games & Mirrors

1 hour 10 of an imaginary journey with Isabelle Lafitte, virtuoso pianist of international renown 

Some of the most beautiful piano compositions by composers who cherished this instrument.
From Rameau, Handel to the modern Debussy or Satie, passing of course by Schubert, Liszt or Mozart.

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Teaser piano recital “ Games & Mirrors” with Isabelle Lafitte

THE THEME OF THE RECITAL

“Games and Mirrors” invites us to a garden of sounds and harmonies where landscapes, lights and depths of exceptional musical pieces chosen from the greatest masterpieces of the piano repertoire are intertwined.

In a multi-coloured program, pianist Isabelle Lafitte, an artist of international dimension, retraces, in a virtuoso and sensitive interpretation, the subtle and intense link woven by the genius of the great composers who have offered us these universal and timeless masterpieces.

From the elusive nocturnes whose notes slip away in a fluidity that nothing hinders to the continuous and melted flows of arpeggios with stunning intensities, it is just as many variations and contrasts that give a width to the space, sound and timbre of the instrument as to the images that notes and melodies inspire us…

THE PROGRAM

Rêverie, Debussy
Lascia ch’io pianga – from Rinaldo opera, Haendel
Ständchen( Serenade), Schubert (arr, Liszt)
Dance of the sugar plum Fairy – from Casse-Noisette, Tchaikovsky
Les Sauvages, Forêts Paisibles – from Les Indes Galantes, Rameau
Gnossienne N°1, Satie
Raindrop Prelude – Op.28 N°15, Chopin
Intermezzo in A Major Op.118 N°2, Brahms
Nocturne Op.54 N°4, Grieg
Intermezzo, Carnival Scenes from Vienna Op.26, Schumann
Nocturne Op.9 N°2 , Chopin
Consolation N°3, Liszt
Fantasia in D minor, K 397, Mozart

Photo credit Hugues Charrier

THE MUSICIAN

Isabelle Lafitte

Concert pianist

Isabelle Lafitte grew up in a family of artists, sculptors, painters, poets and musicians. In this atmosphere conducive to the arts, she began playing the piano at the age of six and revealed her talents as an improviser and composer that would support her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

She chose, with her twin sister Florence Lafitte, to explore literature for two pianos, expanding a career punctuated by concerts on the major international stages: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Bozar in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Novel Hall in Taïpei, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Rudolfinum in Prague, KKL in Lucerne… with prestigious orchestras such as the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, the Orchestre National de France… across Europe, Australia, the United States, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Russia…

Together they sponsor and create the works of composers Alain Louvier, Karol Beffa, Paul Brust (USA), Tristan-Patrice Chalullau, Stéphane Delplace and Pascal Zavaro.

She also recorded several records for the labels Ligia Digital, Alphée, Soupir and VMG.

A curious mind, Isabelle Lafitte composes, improvises, makes transcriptions, arrangements for two pianos : Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Schumann’s Oratorio “Le Paradis et la Péri”, Falla’s “Vida Breve”, Glazunov’s “Stenka Razine” etc… Invited by the Japanese company “Agua-Gala” and supported by ADAMI, she wrote a ballet music “Nega/ct/ive B.D.”, created in Avignon.

She has been a member of SACEM since the age of 15. She teaches piano, improvisation, chamber music, composition, among others, in the Paris Conservatories 14th and 18th, has conducted many Master Classes and is a regular jury member of major international piano competitions.

CREATION END OF 2021 AT THE OPERA OF ALGIERS

The recital will be given for the first time at the Grand Opera of Algiers Boualem Bessaïh, at the end of 2021.

A tour is then planned in Tunisia and in some Gulf countries : Oman, Bahrain…

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Teaser Recital “Games & Mirrors” with Isabelle Lafitte

SHARING AND OPENING

In the philosophy of the company, every show is accompanied by a moment of exchange and sharing. Thus, following the creation of the recital “Games & Mirrors “, students of the conservatories of Algiers will be offered a piano master class: a moment of sharing and exchange with the exceptional pianist, Isabelle Lafitte.

From a program defined in advance, short works (5 to 6 minutes : etude, prelude, sonata movement …) the virtuoso pianist will audition a dozen pianist students, in the form of a mini working session and / or audition type competition with personalized feedback.

She will address different technical and artistic aspects of the chosen works and will offer students her advice likely to improve their technical level, their sensitivity and their musical approach.