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Liszt: Piano Works

> Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173/R14 - Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173/R14: VII. Funerailles
> Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10 - Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10: No. 4. Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este (The Fountains of the Villa d'Este)
> Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 2 in C sharp minor (arr. V. Horowitz) - Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 2 in C sharp minor (arr. V. Horowitz)
> 2 Legendes, S175/R17 - 2 Legendes, S175/R17: No. 1. St. Francois d' Assise - La predication aux oiseaux
> Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21 - Lento assai -
> Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21 - Andante sostenuto -
> Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21 - Allegro Energico

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Liszt, Franz : Legendes (2) for Piano, S 175
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
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Notes & Reviews:

The resplendent virtuosity of Franz Liszt was inspired by landscapes, art, and literature, all unfailing characteristics of the piano works of the young artist. In the 1840s, Liszt discovered Hungarian folk music, which also went on to inspire him. While renown for his virtuosic displays, Liszt was one of the most thoughtful and innovative musical minds of the Romantic Era. In addition to being a tireless supporter of young talent, Liszt was a gifted conductor (he "invented" the Symphonic Poem and introduced the use of the baton), and was one of music's true revolutionaries, as can be heard in his visionary Sonata in B Minor - a piece that would prove as earth-shattering as his son-in-law Wagner's, "Tristan Chord." Haiou Zhang was born in China and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Upon completing his studies there in 2002, Zhang travelled to Germany where he studied with renowned pedagogue Bernd Goetzke at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. Zhang is the recipient of numerous scholarships and winner of many competitions, including a Silver medal at the International Vladimir Horowitz Piano Competition in Kiev and Gold medal at the China National Piano-Duo Competition. In contrast to many Chinese wunderkind, Zhang has distinguished himself not only for his technical proficiency, but for his ability to sustain an interpretation with intellectual rigor and expressive nuance.

"For [Zhang], Liszt is never a springboard for personal or preening excess, and even when you marvel at his velocity in the treacherous fugue, it is in the slow descending scale...and the glassy sighs and menaces of the retrospective coda that he creates a truly haunting and spacious impression...Zhang is a most serious artist" - Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/19/2010-07/22/2010).



Reviews

A Pianist that Understands…
In this recording Haiou Zhang proves that he has not only the chops for some really difficult virtuoso stuff, but the sensitivity to keep the main themes in focus and the stamina to bring powerful music to life. The first piece, Funerailles, is played with a strong sense of grief that communicates the power behind the grief. This strong music contrasts with the 2nd piece on the disc, the Les jeux d’eaux a la Villa d’Este, a piece full of feeling with delicate harmonies at first, developing into stronger chords and progressions later in the piece. The 3rd piece on the recording is Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, and it is played proudly and longingly – it is an emotional work, and it is rarely heard performed with this level of feeling – yet it loses none of the virtuoso elements as the piece continues and notes dance around the dominant themes. The 4th piece is St. Francois d’Assise (La predication aux oiseaux), a delicate sounding and technically very difficult piece to play. And Mr. Zhang makes it sound effortless. Finally, the Piano Sonata in B Minor rounds out the disc. It is powerful and forceful, while still retaining the type of sensitivities unique to Liszt’s virtuoso writing (the 2nd movement is filled with driving tension and is a prime example of the kind of sensitivity I am referring to). This is definitely a recording worth having, and I am extremely pleased to add it to my collection.
Submitted on 03/28/11 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
  • Performer: Haiou Zhang (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/19/2010-07/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
  • Performer: Haiou Zhang (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/19/2010-07/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Haiou Zhang (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/19/2010-07/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175 :: la prédication aux oiseaux, for piano (Légendes no 1), S. 175/1 (LW A219/1)
  • Performer: Haiou Zhang (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/19/2010-07/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1863

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Haiou Zhang (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/19/2010-07/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853