Michel Dalberto

„Bechstein grand pianos have a sound of which I have always dreamed.“

Michel Dalberto


Michel Dalberto, born 1955 in Paris, studied at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris with Vlado Perlemuter. After he had won the 1975 Clara Haskil Competition (whose jury he presides over since 1991) and the 1978 Leeds Competition, he started an international career. Already at the beginning of his career, Michel Dalberto collaborated with conductor stars like Frans Brüggen, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Erich Leinsdorf and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Recently, one has been able to hear him accompanied by Daniele Gatti, Kurt Masur and Yuri Temirkanov. After numerous recordings for Denon, EMI and Erato/Warner, since 1997 Michel Dalberto has taped for Sony/BMG a Debussy recital, two Mozart concertos with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris under John Nelson, and most recently Liszt's paraphrases of Verdi and Wagner operas. He is professor at the famous Accademia Pianistica d’Imola.Among his hobbies are deep sea diving, skiing and Formula 1 racing. Michel Dalberto has recently played concerts and recorded on Bechstein and thereby determined: "Bechstein grand pianos have a sound of which I have always dreamed."


Photos © Jean Philippe Raibaud and Gérard Proust

Fauré’s complete chamber music

When some of France’s top musicians take it upon themselves to record Gabriel Fauré’s complete chamber music, you can pretty much bet your bottom dollar it’s going to be a testimonial. This is certainly the case with the set of CDs recorded between 2008 and 2010 by Gérard Caussé (viola), Renaud and Gautier Capuçon (violin/violoncello), the string musicians from the Ébène Quartet and the pianists Nicholas Angelich and Michel Dalberto. The five CDs published on the Virgin Classics label total more than five hours of music and set a new benchmark in interpreting Fauré. It’s difficult to imagine how anyone could top the melodious, heart-rending music played here. The musicians’ range of expression swings from lyrical internalisation to unfettered, dramatic power, while the fin-de-siècle character of this compilation never fails to delight. The five CDs include in particular two piano quartets and quintets.

Nicholas Angelich and Michel Dalberto play them masterfully, making the C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand expertly tuned by Denijs de Winter sing in a sensitive and nuanced manner. And it’s no coincidence that the pianists chose Bechstein for this recording, either: after all, Fauré himself was particularly fond of the brand.

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