P1105. LUIZA BORAC: Chants nostalgiques, incl.Silvestri, Godowsky, Schubert-Liszt, Kreisler-Rachmaninoff & Tárrega-Borac - recorded 2013; ION BUZEA(T), w.Luiza Borac (Pf.): Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Brediceanu & Dima - recorded 1964 (previously unissued). Avie 2316. - 822252231625
“Luiza Borac has captured international accolades for her committed performances of the music of fellow Romanians Georges Enescu and Dinu Lipatti, as well as the prowess of her research and programming. On ‘Chants nostalgiques’ the title track is a first recording of a group of three songs composed by the legendary Romanian conductor Constantin Silvestri. There are Liszt arrangements of some of Schubert’s most classic lieder - Rachmaninov’s transcriptions of Kreisler’s famous ‘Liebesleid’ and ’Liebesfreud’, and Luiza’s own transcription of Tárrega’s timeless guitar solo ‘Requerdos de la Alhambra’, the first ever version recorded with piano. An enticing bonus is the inclusion of previously unreleased historical recordings by the great Romanian tenor Ion Buzea, supplemented with Luiza’s modern piano thanks to present-day technology.”
“Born in Romania, Luiza Borac studied at the Enescu Music School for gifted children and the Music Academy in Bucharest, as well as at the Academy of Music and Drama in Hanover, graduating both with highest degrees. Further studies include master classes at the Juilliard School of Music, Como International Piano Foundation, Holland Music Sessions Amsterdam and Salzburg International Summer Academy.
In 1991 Luiza Borac caused international stir when she was called at short notice to stand in for indisposed Sviatoslav Richter during 1991 Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and received rave reviews. That same year she was a prize-winner of the Enescu International Piano Festival and was awarded the Romanian Critics Prize. She won first prizes at Viotti-Valsesia Italy and Mendelssohn International Piano Competition Germany as well as the Silver Medal of Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, the Prix d’Oslo, Grieg Prize and Audience Prize of Grieg International Piano Competition Oslo. One year later she was soloist at the Young Artists International Festival in Los Angeles and gave her début in the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York which received exceptional reviews.
Luiza Borac performed extensively in Europe and USA where her concerts were broadcast by major radio/TV stations. She performed solo recitals at the Carnegie Weill Hall, Steinway Hall (New York and London), Cologne Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Radio Hall Hamburg, Liederhalle Stuttgart and appeared in festivals including Aldeburgh Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Oslo Grieg, Prokofiev at the Barbican Centre London, Enescu Bucharest, Chopin Festivals in Vienna and Milan, Bohemian Music Festival, Braunschweiger Classix, Young Artists International Festival Los Angeles. She has performed as soloist with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Nations, Bucharest and Cologne Radio Orchestras, Utah Symphony Orchestra and has worked with Vladimir Jurowski, Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu among others. Her 2003 recording of George Enescu’s Three Piano Suites for Avie Records was highly acclaimed throughout the world not only for her wonderfully idiomatic performances but also for the truthful quality of the recorded sound. In 2007 Luiza’s tireless promotion of George Enescu’s music led to receiving a special award from Music News (Romania’s leading music magazine) for her international support of Romanian music. She was invited to perform a live-broadcast (radio and television) Enescu recital in Bucharest.
Luiza Borac also organizes her time for charity purposes. Luiza played in charity concerts for the homeless and orphan children in Romania. The 1991 UK Tour for the Romanian Relief featuring concerts in the Barbican Centre and Coventry Cathedral as well as the 2001 charity event of the German-Lutheran Church Melanchton Hannover enabled fund raising to be delivered directly in Romania.
In September 2009 Luiza Borac performed the World Premiere of the newly discovered composition ‘Ahnung’ by Robert Schumann – the first unknown work by Schumann that has been discovered since the early 20th century. Also in 2009 Luiza Borac was included on the Steinway Wall of Fame, after 10 years of being a Steinway Artist”
“Borac's overall mastery is impressive...a pianist of enviable professionalism.” - GRAMOPHONE
“A fabulously gifted young pianist.” - BBC Music Magazine
“There is an appealing youthful fire here, tempered with poetic flair.”
- International Record Review
“Ion Buzea was of Romanian origin and started his career at the state opera in Cluj (Romania) sometime in the sixties. He appears in two recordings: one of RIGOLETTO (il Duca) with Nicolae Herlea and one TRAVIATA as Alfredo with Herlea and Virginia Zeani, both recorded in the mid sixties and both worth having. After his 1971 failure at the Met, he returned to Europe and had a good career in German speaking countries singing mainly operetta under the name of Jon Buzea. He later retired in Switzerland where he was/still is singing teacher in Zürich.”
- Z. D. Akron