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Liszt - Transcendental Études

Composer Franz Liszt
Performer Haochen Zhang
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2681 SACD
EAN 7318599926810
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Aug 2023
Total time 67'10

Haochen Zhang performs a monument of piano literature
The Transcendental Études form a cycle of twelve pieces whose composition began in 1826 and was completed in 1851. Starting from the idea of an encyclopædic collection which, in the manner of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Liszt’s Transcendental Études became something of a seismograph of his compositional aesthetic, first strongly under the influence of Paganini, later more in the style of character pieces. These études are among the most difficult works ever written for the piano. Together with Chopin’s Études, they serve as a basis for piano technique, some of them already prefiguring musical impressionism, and they had a significant influence on subsequent piano music, most notably that of Debussy, Rachmaninov, Bartók, and Ligeti.

In 2009, Haochen Zhang was the youngest pianist ever to receive the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then, he has captivated audiences worldwide with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination and spectacular virtuosity. After two releases devoted to concertos (Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, BIS-2381 and Beethoven, BIS-2581), Zhang returns to the solo recital with this disc devoted to some of the most important works in the repertoire of modern pianists.
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  Franz Liszt
  Transcendental Études, S.139 67'04
01 I. Preludio 0'54
02 II. Molto vivace (in A minor) 2'16
03 III. Paysage 5'30
04 IV. Mazeppa 7'14
05 V. Feux follets 3'34
06 VI. Vision 5'44
07 VII. Eroica 5'52
08 VIII. Wilde Jagd 5'01
09 IX. Ricordanza 11'50
10 X. Allegro agitato molto (in F minor) 4'47
11 XI. Harmonies du soir 8'10
12 XII. Chasse-neige 6'12
  Album total 67'10
ComposerLiszt, Franz
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