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Bach & Beethoven: Mostly Transcriptions 2 / Tien Hsieh

Hsieh, Tien
Release Date: 01/06/2015 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1531   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferruccio BusoniFranz LisztJohann Sebastian BachLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tien Hsieh
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...this is some pianism of the highest caliber. [Tien Hsieh] displays a delicate yet firmly in control touch with great dexterity and a lot of tonal finesse. [Featured is a] wondrous and simply radiant performance of Beethoven’s last sonata. Hsieh has an innate understanding of the work and navigates its many pitfalls with barely a second thought. It is energetic, propulsive, and well-knitted, easily one of the best I have heard on record, and that is quite a crowd! If there is a downside to this recording it is because the Beethoven made me completely forget about [the transcriptions] that came before, and had me hankering for an all-Beethoven issue from this consummate artist. The sound is very good." - Steven Ritter, Read more Audiophile Audition [December 2014]

"...This really is fine Bach. There is a beautifully light and flowing Fugue revealing all of Bach’s contrapuntal lines with Hsieh bringing all her power to the more dynamic passages... Tien Hsieh is particularly impressive in the Adagio from Bach’s Sonata No.5 in F minor...This is quite exquisite playing..." - Bruce Reader, The Classical Reviewer [December 2014]

"...imaginatively intelligent approaches…compelling” | “Memorable Concerts of 2013” - San Francisco Examiner, on a performance of Beethoven Op. 111 in 2013. Read less

Works on This Recording

Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in D major (after J. S. Bach, BWV 532), KiV B20 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Tien Hsieh (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1888; Italy 
An die ferne Geliebte (Beethoven) for Piano, S 469 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tien Hsieh (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Weimar, Germany 
Preludes and Fugues (6) of JS Bach for Piano, S 462: no 1 in A minor, BWV 543 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tien Hsieh (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018a: Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Tien Hsieh (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Transcription for piano by Alexander Siloti. (1863-1945) 
Chorale Preludes (10) for Piano after J. S. Bach: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Tien Hsieh (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898 
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tien Hsieh (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 

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