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Schumann, Liszt, Janáček & Brahms: Piano Works

Haochen Zhang

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Kinderszenen, Op. 15  
1
No. 1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and People)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
1:31
2
No. 2. Curiose Geschichte (A Strange Story)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
1:13
3
No. 3. Hasche-Mann (Catch-as-catch-can)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
0:32
4
No. 4. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
0:51
5
No. 5. Glückes genug (Happy Enough)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
1:15
6
No. 6. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
0:52
7
No. 7. Träumerei (Dreaming)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
2:21
8
No. 8. Am Camin (By the Fire-side)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
1:05
9
No. 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-horse)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
0:38
10
No. 10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
1:36
11
No. 11. Fürchtenmachen (Frightening)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
1:49
12
No. 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
2:16
13
No. 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)
Robert Schumann; Haochen Zhang
2:17
Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S171/R16  
14
Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S171/R16
Franz Liszt; Haochen Zhang
13:52
Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, JW VIII/19  
15
I. Předtucha (Foreboding): Con moto
Leoš Janáček; Haochen Zhang
5:38
16
II. Smrt (Death)
Leoš Janáček; Haochen Zhang
8:14
3 Intermezzi, Op. 117  
17
No. 1 in E Flat Major
Johannes Brahms; Haochen Zhang
6:00
18
No. 2 in B Flat Minor
Johannes Brahms; Haochen Zhang
4:31
19
No. 3 in C Sharp Minor
Johannes Brahms; Haochen Zhang
7:18
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    63:49
In 2009 at the age of 19, Haochen Zhang became one of the youngest musicians ever to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. With a busy concert schedule, albums have been less of a priority for Zhang, who finally releases his debut, recorded at the famous audiophile venue the Reitstadel in Germany. Zhang devised a programme made up of works of personal significance that not only speak to him in a very intimate way, but also connect to each other at a corresponding level of intimacy, forming a unique musical narrative. The pieces all share a reflective and introspective quality, albeit reflective in different ways. The Schumann was described by the composer as "reflections of an adult for adults" and the Brahms also seems to be looking backwards, but with resignation rather than tenderness. Framed by these two, the selections by Liszt and Janáček contain overtly dramatic episodes with contemplative interludes.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Studio Masters

Recorded at Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany, February 2016
Producer and sound engineer: Ingo Petry (Take5 Music Production)
Piano technician: Christian Niedermeyer

Equipment:
BIS’s recording teams use microphones from Neumann and Schoeps, audio electronics from RME, Lake People and DirectOut, MADI optical cabling technology, monitoring equipment from B&W, STAX and Sennheiser and Sequoia and Pyramix digital audio workstations
Original format: 24-bit / 96 kHz

Post-production:
Editing and mixing: Ingo Petry
Executive producer: Robert Suff
Cover texts: © Haochen Zhang 2016, © BIS 2016
Translations: Horst A. Scholz (German), Arlette Lemieux-Chené (French)
Photography: © Benjamin Ealovega
Typesetting, layout: Andrew Barnett (Compact Design)

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