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Crystal Award - 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition / Sean Chen

Brahms / Beethoven / Bartok / Chen
Release Date: 11/12/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907607   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsLudwig van BeethovenBéla Bartók
Performer:  Sean Chen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sean Chen captivated audiences and critics at the 2013 Cliburn Competition with concerts “that had the crowd not just standing...but cheering loudly,” (KDHX, St. Louis) earning the crystal award and winning three years of concert tours in the United States—the first American to win a prize since 1997. Markedly, in his Final Round performance of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 3, “he summoned massive, orchestral sonorities, yet he could also play with enormous delicacy. It was a muscular, impassioned performance, and you felt like he is an artist with something to say” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Sean Chen captivated audiences and critics at the 2013 Cliburn Competition with concerts “that had the crowd not just standing...but cheering loudly,” (KDHX, St. Louis) earning the crystal award and winning three years of concert tours in the United States—the first American to win a prize since 1997. Markedly, in his Final Round performance of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 3, “he summoned massive, orchestral sonorities, yet he could also play with enormous delicacy. It was a muscular, impassioned performance, and you felt like he is an artist with something to say” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Sean Chen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Germany 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sean Chen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Etudes (3) for Piano, Op. 18/Sz 72 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Sean Chen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Budapest, Hungary 

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