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Sean Chen: Crystal Award - 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Brahms: Variations; Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 29; Bartok: 3 Etudes

Audio Samples

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
>Bartók, Béla : Studies (3) for piano, Sz. 72, BB 81 (Op. 18)

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
>Bartók, Béla : Studies (3) for piano, Sz. 72, BB 81 (Op. 18)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The first American to win a prize since 1997, Crystal Award winner Sean Chen won fans with his "exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity" (Huffington Post). Named the 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, highlights of Chen's 2013 - 14 season include return invitations to perform with the Indianapolis and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras and performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Jordan Hall in Boston. This live recording of his competition performances featured works by Brahms, Beethoven and Bartók.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Chen, Crystal Award winner, plays with the clarity and transparency expected of a top prizewinner. The Variations, the best in the set, reveals great attention to complex textures and seamless transitions. Chen captures many breathtaking moments, especially in the initial slower variations. The structure of the work unfolds subtly, increasing in intensity until it culminates in the majestic fugue. Chen executes Etude 3's poly-rhythms flawlessly.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (05/24/2013-06/09/2013).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21
  • Performer: Sean Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (05/24/2013-06/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Sean Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (05/24/2013-06/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Studies (3) for piano, Sz. 72, BB 81 (Op. 18)
  • Performer: Sean Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (05/24/2013-06/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918