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Franz Liszt: Transcriptions from Operas by Weber, Bellini, Erkel, Ernst Il von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha / Han Chen, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Overture zu Oberon, transcription for piano (after von Weber), S. 574 (LW A122)
>Liszt, Franz : Fantasie sur des motifs favoris de La Sonnambula, for piano (after Bellini; 3 versions), S. 393 (LW
>Liszt, Franz : Schwanengesang & Marsch aus Hunyadi László, transcription for piano (after Erkel), S. 405 (LW A140)
>Liszt, Franz : Halloh! Jagdchor und Steyrer aus der Oper Tony, transcription for piano (after Duke Ernst), S. 404 (
>Liszt, Franz : I Puritani, introduction et polonaise, transcription for piano (after Bellini), S. 391 (LW A74)
>Liszt, Franz : S'il est un charmant gazon, song for voice & piano (3 versions), S. 284 (LW N25)
>Liszt, Franz : Festmarsch nach Motiven von E.H. zu S.C.G., for piano, S. 522 (LW A196)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The present recording includes Liszt's concert paraphrase based on the opera, a work he played at a recital in Pest in 1846, two years after the first performance of the opera. Other transcriptions recorded here include works by Weber and Bellini, as well as two pieces based on works by Queen Victoria's brother-in-law. Han Chen was winner of the first prize in the Sixth China International Piano Competition, winning critical praise for his extraordinary power, talent and flair. A native of Taichung, Taiwan, his teachers included Meng-hua Wu and Kuan-wen Wang. He graduated from The Juliard School in New York in May 2015, where he received his accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degrees under Yoheved Kaplinsky's guidance.

Sunday Times, 24/01/2016
Liszt's operatic transcriptions and paraphrases are musical succulence itself, and here... are another seven, all romantic, and stylishly dispatched by [Han Chen]... best, perhaps, is the opener, the overture to Weber's Oberon, a superbly felicitous transcription of a perfect piece... [but] the Fantasie on Themes from Weber's Der Freischntz is magnificent.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
Despite his youth and relative inexperience, [Chen] fully merits his place in the series as a mature Liszt player par excellence and an artist to be reckoned with... [his] varied touch and tone makes it a journey one is eager to take without a break, though not without making you wonder afresh how on earth Liszt found the time to simply notate the music, never mind actually composing it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, Kind City, (10/10/2014-10/12/2014).



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>Liszt, Franz : Overture zu Oberon, transcription for piano (after von Weber), S. 574 (LW A122)
  • Performer: Han Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, Kind City, Ontario, Canada (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Liszt, Franz : Fantasie sur des motifs favoris de La Sonnambula, for piano (after Bellini; 3 versions), S. 393 (LW
  • Performer: Han Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, Kind City, Ontario, Canada (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841-1842

>Liszt, Franz : Schwanengesang & Marsch aus Hunyadi László, transcription for piano (after Erkel), S. 405 (LW A140)
  • Performer: Han Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, Kind City, Ontario, Canada (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Halloh! Jagdchor und Steyrer aus der Oper Tony, transcription for piano (after Duke Ernst), S. 404 (
  • Performer: Han Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, Kind City, Ontario, Canada (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Liszt, Franz : I Puritani, introduction et polonaise, transcription for piano (after Bellini), S. 391 (LW A74)
  • Performer: Han Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, Kind City, Ontario, Canada (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Liszt, Franz : S'il est un charmant gazon, song for voice & piano (3 versions), S. 284 (LW N25)
  • Performer: Han Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, Kind City, Ontario, Canada (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1859

>Liszt, Franz : Festmarsch nach Motiven von E.H. zu S.C.G., for piano, S. 522 (LW A196)
  • Performer: Han Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, Kind City, Ontario, Canada (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1857