Eric Le Sage
Available languages: EnglishPianist Eric Le Sage specializes in Romantic music, often performing Robert Schumann and the music of French composers. He has a large repertory of rarely played concertos of the 19th and 20th centuries. Le Sage was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, on June 15, 1964. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris and went on to London for further training with Maria Curcio. Major competition wins launched his career, including the Porto International Piano Competition in 1985, the Robert Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, Germany in 1989, and the Leeds Competition in 1990. That win entailed the chance to perform in concert under conductor Simon Rattle, and Le Sage has gone on to perform concertos with such top orchestras as Berlin's Konzerthaus Orchester, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the NHK Symphony. His recital career has taken him to such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall in London, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and Tokyo's Suntory Hall, as well as most of France's major halls. An enthusiastic chamber music player, Le Sage has collaborated with the likes of the Quatuor Ébène, Les Vents Français, and flutist Emmanuel Pahud. A frequent sight at French festivals, Le Sage founded the Festival international de musique de Salon-de-Provence in 1994. Le Sage is especially noted for his complete recorded cycles of the music of various composers, crowned by a set of Schumann's music in observance of that composer's 200th birthday in 2010. He has also recorded complete cycles of the piano music of Poulenc and the piano chamber music of Fauré; a cycle of Brahms' chamber music with piano was underway in the late 2010s; by 2021, it had reached nine volumes. Le Sage has recorded for the RCA, EMI, and Alpha labels as well as many others; in the late 2010s, he moved to the B Records label for his Brahms chamber cycle. In 2021, he issued an album of Hindemith's wind sonatas with Les Vents Français on Warner Classics.
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The works for cello and piano of Gabriel Fauré stemmed primarily from the antipodes of his career. Early on, he primarily composed miniatures, though the well-known Op. 24 Elegie was intended to be a movement of a sonata that never came to pass. The works from near the end of his life -- especially the two complete sonatas -- both feature surprisingly spirited, bright, eager moments despite the composer's failing health and hearing. Pianist Eric le Sage is joined by cellist François Salque on this impressive Alpha album. The sound quality achieved by le Sage, Salque, and the recording engineers at Alpha is what truly sets this album apart from others like it. The overall recorded sound quality is dry, crisp, close, and possessing a minimum of reverb. Even a bit more of any of these qualities and the disc would be sterile and uninteresting. But in their present combination, the outcome is one of exceptional clarity and focus, one in which listeners are transported to the very heart of the music. Salque and le Sage play with equal measures of austerity and simplicity, letting Fauré's sometimes overlooked sonatas speak to the openness and freedom achieved by the composer late in his career. The disc ends with a likewise enjoyable and gripping performance of the Op. 120 Trio with the addition of clarinetist Paul Meyer. As Vol. 1 of what is hopefully a survey of Fauré's complete chamber music, this installment is definitely worth checking out. © TiVo