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De la Salle shows perfect touch in recital debut

Lise de la Salle (pictured in New York in 2007) played a program from Ravel to Debussy, Beethoven to Prokofiev, in her Boston recital debut at Jordan Hall on Saturday. Lise de la Salle (pictured in New York in 2007) played a program from Ravel to Debussy, Beethoven to Prokofiev, in her Boston recital debut at Jordan Hall on Saturday. (HIROYUKI ITO FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES/FILE 2007)
By Matthew Guerrieri
Globe Correspondent / January 30, 2012
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The physical connection between pianist and piano takes varied forms. Some pianists press deep into the keyboard for an organ-like sonority; some seem to pull the vibrations of the strings into their hands. But in Lise de la Salle’s excellent Celebrity Series concert on Saturday-the French pianist’s Boston recital debut-the focus of energy was the point of contact between finger and key. The effect was both vintage, foregrounding a clavichord-like primacy of touch, and modern: clarity as an illusion of objectivity.

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LISE DE LA SALLE, piano

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston

At: Jordan Hall, Saturday