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Haochen Zhang - Piano Recital

Catalogue numberBIS-2238 SACD
Release date2017-02-10
Orig. sample rate96000 Hz
Total time65:46

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 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 Janáček contain overtly dramatic episodes, but contemplative interludes form a recurrent feature of the Ballade, and in Presentiment, the first movement of Janáček’s Sonata, the dark forebodings seem to rise up from the composer’s own soul.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
  Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15 18:16
01 1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and
01:31 $ 0.38 USD
02 2. Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story) 01:13 $ 0.29 USD
03 3. Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Bluff ) 00:32 $ 0.13 USD
04 4. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child) 00:51 $ 0.20 USD
05 5. Glückes genug (Happy Enough) 01:15 $ 0.30 USD
06 6. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event) 00:52 $ 0.21 USD
07 7. Träumerei (Dreaming) 02:21 $ 0.57 USD
08 8. Am Kamin (At the Fireside) 01:05 $ 0.26 USD
09 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobbyhorse) 00:38 $ 0.16 USD
10 10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious) 01:36 $ 0.39 USD
11 11. Fürchtenmachen (Frightening) 01:49 $ 0.45 USD
12 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep) 02:16 $ 0.56 USD
13 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks) 02:17 $ 0.62 USD
  Composer: Liszt, Franz
14 Ballade No.2 in B minor, S.171 13:52 $ 3.39 USD
  Composer: Janácek, Leos
  Sonata 1.X. 1905 'From the Streets' 13:52
15 1. Predtucha (The Presentiment) 05:38 $ 1.36 USD
16 2. Smrt (The Death) 08:14 $ 2.04 USD
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  Drei Intermezzi, Op. 117 17:49
17 1. Andante moderato 06:00 $ 1.45 USD
18 2. Andante non troppo e con molta espressione 04:31 $ 1.10 USD
19 3. Andante con moto 07:18 $ 1.88 USD
  Album total 65:46
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
Janácek, Leos
Liszt, Franz
Schumann, Robert
PianoHaochen Zhang
Zhang, Haochen

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