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Lorenzo Soules

Lorenzo Soules

A rising star on the piano, Lorenzo Soulès has won many prizes and travels worldwide performing with some of the top orchestras. 



Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
An international ensemble of crack musicians reveals the next generation's star soloists. 

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Lorenzo Soulès was born in Lyon to a family of musicians and started the piano when he was just three years old. He graduated at the age of twelve from the Conservatoire Régional de Paris (in the class of Olivier Gardon), having won a great number of prizes. Choosing not to follow the usual itinerary (CNSDM in Paris), Soulès continued his studies with Pierre- Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, who were both professors in Cologne, a city that he moved to at the age of thirteen. During the same period, he took lessons with Alicia de Larrocha with whom he worked on the complete Iberia and Albéniz.

In 2012, he swept the awards at the 67th Geneva Competition, winning first prize, ‘Coup de Coeur Breguet’ prize, ‘Audience’ prize,‘Young Audience’ prize and ‘Air France KLM’ prize. The ‘Coup de Coeur’ prize gave him the opportunity to record his first CD, which appeared under the label Nascor, with works by Mozart (Concerto No. 24 with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Simon Gaudenz), Beethoven, Brahms and Scriabin. Performances include appearances at the Zurich Tonhalle, Victoria Hall and Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Radio France in Weimar, as well as at different festivals such as Aldeburgh, Davos, Les Haudères, Périgord Noir, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Flâneries Musicales de Reims and Les Solistes à Bagatelle.


For further information - www.lorenzo-soules.com
Hi-Fi News
4½ Stars
'a new version of the Serenade with the young British tenor Allan Clayton is the real draw of this download...'
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American Record Guide
'This recording has the advantage of firstrate sound, a superb horn player who is at least the equal of Brain or Tuckwell with an even greater range of tonal nuance, and a singer who simply has a more pleasant sound than Pears.'
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Fanfare
'...the ensemble is particularly impressive in the hushed sections, playing with exquisite beauty and control...'
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Crescendo
4 Stars
'superbe'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'...extraordinary performances, aided by top-notch soloists..few recordings satisfy as much as this one, with deliberate, but intense, readings...'
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Forum Opera
4 Stars
« Le piano de Lorenzo Soulès en offre une interprétation étincelante...Le raffinement de Britten est servi en maître dans ce jalon d'une musique. »
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'In the following Tennyson song, "Nocturne", aided by the Aldeburgh Strings' splendidly evocative playing, Clayton sounds suitably heroic at the final "Blow, bugle, blow"...Lorenzo Soules plays Young Apollo's glittering piano part with charismatic dash...'
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Voix des Arts
Recording of the Month: 'Clayton establishes himself as a triumphantly worthy successor to Pears...Clayton's voice is both more beautiful and more secure throughout the range than Pears's, but the forthrightness with which he limns the distress of lines like ‘O rose, thou art sick' recalls Pears's interpretive perspicuity.'
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Pizzicato
'..the soloists are one and all excellent, as are the exceptionally good Aldeburgh Strings.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'urgent, vibrant and punchy'
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The Sunday Times
'These performances by the Aldeburgh-inspired ensemble vividly affirm Britten's genius.'
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Gramophone
'All are performances to be recommended.'
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MusicWeb International
'One is struck by the beauty and security of their quiet playing - a virtue which comes to the fore also in the gorgeously lyrical Prelude. The accompanying Fugue, meanwhile, is a contrapuntal tour de force, and tossed off here with notable verve and aplomb.'
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Der neue Merker
'Britten's short but magnificent tone poem…bursts with radiant vitality, rises in iridescent tones before us...'
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Classic FM
'...the playing of the hornist Richard Watkins is also truly exceptional...a performance so worth treasuring.'
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