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Haochen Zhang - Piano Recital

Composer Johannes Brahms
Leos Janácek
Franz Liszt
Robert Schumann
Performer Haochen Zhang
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2238 SACD
EAN 7318599922386
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2017
Total time 65'46

Haochen Zhang records at the Reitstadel (~ 3 min.)

In 2009, at the age of 19, Haochen Zhang became the youngest ever Gold Medalist at 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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  Robert Schumann
  Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15 18'49
01 1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples) 1'34
02 2. Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story) 1'13
03 3. Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Bluff ) 0'32
04 4. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child) 0'50
05 5. Glückes genug (Happy Enough) 1'15
06 6. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event) 0'53
07 7. Träumerei (Dreaming) 2'22
08 8. Am Kamin (At the Fireside) 1'06
09 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobbyhorse) 0'39
10 10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious) 1'37
11 11. Fürchtenmachen (Frightening) 1'52
12 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep) 2'21
13 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks) 2'35
  Franz Liszt
14 Ballade No.2 in B minor, S.171 14'08
  Leos Janácek
  Sonata 1.X. 1905 'From the Streets' 14'10
15 1. Predtucha (The Presentiment) 5'40
16 2. Smrt (The Death) 8'30
  Johannes Brahms
  Drei Intermezzi, Op. 117 18'29
17 1. Andante moderato 6'03
18 2. Andante non troppo e con molta espressione 4'35
19 3. Andante con moto 7'51
  Album total 65'46
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
Janácek, Leos
Liszt, Franz
Schumann, Robert
PianoHaochen Zhang
Zhang, Haochen

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