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Liszt: Transcriptions of Saint-Saens, Paganini, Schubert, Wagner / Niu Niu, piano

Audio Samples

>Liszt, Franz : Danse Macabre, transcription for piano (after Saint-Saens), S. 555 (LW 273)
>Liszt, Franz : Die Post, transcription for piano, (after Schubert) S. 561/4 (LW A50/4)
>Liszt, Franz : Der Lindenbaum, transcription for piano, (after Schubert, D. 911/5), S. 561/7 (LW A50/7)
>Liszt, Franz : Das Wandern (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 1
>Liszt, Franz : Standchen "Horch, horch!" (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 9
>Liszt, Franz : Erlkonig (II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 328d), S. 558/4 (LW A42/4)
>Liszt, Franz : Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S. 141
>     no 2
>     no 3
>     no 6
>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447
>     Schlußszene aus Tristan und Isolde, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 4
>Liszt, Franz : Spinnerlied from Der fliegende Hollander, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 440 (LW A204)
>Liszt, Franz : O du mein holder Abendstern, transcription for cello & piano (after Wagner
>     Tannhäuser), S. 380 (LW
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Liszt, Franz : Grand galop chromatique for Piano, S 219

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Danse Macabre, transcription for piano (after Saint-Saens), S. 555 (LW 273)
>Liszt, Franz : Die Post, transcription for piano, (after Schubert) S. 561/4 (LW A50/4)
>Liszt, Franz : Der Lindenbaum, transcription for piano, (after Schubert, D. 911/5), S. 561/7 (LW A50/7)
>Liszt, Franz : Das Wandern (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 1
>Liszt, Franz : Standchen "Horch, horch!" (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 9
>Liszt, Franz : Erlkonig (II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 328d), S. 558/4 (LW A42/4)
>Liszt, Franz : Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S. 141
>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447
>Liszt, Franz : Spinnerlied from Der fliegende Hollander, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 440 (LW A204)
>Liszt, Franz : O du mein holder Abendstern, transcription for cello & piano (after Wagner
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Liszt, Franz : Grand galop chromatique for Piano, S 219
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

EMI Classics is proud to release Liszt: Transcriptions, a new album from teenage piano star Niu Niu. This impressive and delightful album is framed around Liszt's Paraphrases and Transcriptions. These are some of the most challenging and rewarding pieces in the piano repertoire, composed by a man who was renowned virtuoso pianist as well as a composer.

Niu Niu joined EMI classics at the age of 10 and became the youngest pianist signed to an International classical label. He first showed his musical talent when he was three, and held his first Piano Recital when he was 6 in his hometown Xiamen with great success. Two year later he was admitted into Shanghai Music Academy's affiliated school with no examination and became the youngest student in that school. Only one year later his solo piano recital happened in London Wigmore Hall. When he was 10, Niu Niu performed in London the Roayl Festical Hall and received high praises from Prince Charles. Currently, Niu Niu is a student at the New England Conservatory.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
Given that Niu Niu was only 14 when he made this recording last year, his achievement is remarkable. His equable, rounded tone is underpinned by mature technique...Sometimes a big enough response to the music's soaring flight is lacking...Clearly though, here is a fine musical talent.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
In purely digital terms, Niu Niu produces some remarkable playing. He has a wonderful leggiero touch when required: the 'Spinnerlied' from The Flying Dutchman is very fine (how good to hear a youngster revive this old favourite)...Niu Niu is able to breathe fresh life into an old chestnut like the Liebestraum No. 3. So - fantastic fingers, bags of potential but, as yet, no charm.

The Times, 11th January 2013
Poetic insights? Moments of repose? Those must wait, if they arrive at all, for the prodigy's mature adulthood...the piano tone is varied and round, never appearing to have been stamped out by a music-making machine. Another good omen could be the modest, almost casual way that Niu Niu often concludes a piece, rarely emphasising the final chord.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Danse Macabre, transcription for piano (after Saint-Saëns), S. 555 (LW 273)
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Liszt, Franz : Die Post, transcription for piano, (after Schubert) S. 561/4 (LW A50/4)
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Liszt, Franz : Der Lindenbaum, transcription for piano, (after Schubert, D. 911/5), S. 561/7 (LW A50/7)
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Liszt, Franz : Das Wandern (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 1
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Liszt, Franz : Ständchen "Horch, horch!" (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 9
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1838

>Liszt, Franz : Erlkönig (II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 328d), S. 558/4 (LW A42/4)
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1838

>Liszt, Franz : Grandes Études de Paganini, S. 141 :: no 2
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Grandes Études de Paganini, S. 141 :: no 3
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Grandes Études de Paganini, S. 141 :: no 6
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 :: Schlußszene aus Tristan und Isolde, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 4
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Liszt, Franz : Spinnerlied from Der fliegende Holländer, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 440 (LW A204)
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860

>Liszt, Franz : O du mein holder Abendstern, transcription for cello & piano (after Wagner :: Tannhäuser), S. 380 (LW
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Grand galop chromatique for Piano, S 219
  • Performer: Niu Niu (Piano)
  • Notes: The Friary, Liverpool (03/16/2012-03/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837