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Schumann, Liszt, Janacek & Brahms / Zhang


Release Date: 02/10/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2238  
Composer:  Robert SchumannFranz LisztLeos JanácekJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Haochen Zhang
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 2009, at the age of 19, Haochen Zhang became one of the youngest musicians ever to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then he has had a busy concert schedule, primarily in his native China and in the U.S.A. but also in Europe where he made his début at the BBC Proms in 2014. Recording has been less of a priority for Zhang, and it is only now that he releases his first studio album, recorded at the Reitstadel, the well-known audiophile venue in Neumarkt in Germany. For this recital, Haochen Zhang has devised a programme made up of works that he feels particularly close to. As he writes in his own liner notes, they ’not only speak to me in a very intimate way, but also connect with one another at a Read more corresponding level of intimacy: as a whole they form a unique musical narrative.’ The pieces all share a reflective and introspective quality, albeit reflective in different ways. Opening the disc Schumann’s Kinderszenen were described by the composer as ‘reflections of an adult for adults’ and in the closing Op. 117 Intermezzi, Brahms also seems to be looking backwards – but with resignation rather than intimate tenderness. Framed by these two, the works by Liszt and Janá?ek contain overtly dramatic episodes, but contemplative interludes form a recurrent feature of the Ballade, and in Presentiment, the first movement of Janá?ek’s Sonata, the dark forebodings seem to rise up from the composer’s own soul. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Haochen Zhang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Haochen Zhang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the street" by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haochen Zhang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Brno, Czech Republic 
4.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Haochen Zhang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 

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