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Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff

by Ching-Yun Hu

Upon the 145th anniversary of Rachmaninoff's birth, pianist Ching-Yun Hu releases her third solo album featuring poignant works for piano. This album is a journey to Rachmaninoff's enduring music, to love, to music, and to humanity.
Genre: Classical: Keyboard Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: I. Allegro agitato
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2. Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: II. Lento assai
5:15 $0.99
3. Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: III. Allegro molto
3:07 $0.99
4. Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: IV. Allegro assai
3:26 $0.99
5. Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: V. Appassionato
4:51 $0.99
6. Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: VI. Allegro
3:04 $0.99
7. Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: VII. Lento lugubre
6:36 $0.99
8. Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: VIII. Allegro moderato
3:46 $0.99
9. Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: IX. Allegro moderato. Tempo di marcia
3:46 $0.99
10. Vocalise (Arr. Zoltan Kocsis)
6:32 $0.99
11. Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major: Prelude
3:44 $0.99
12. Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5
2:38 $0.99
13. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor: I. Allegro agitato (1931)
7:50 $0.99
14. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor: Non Allegro (1931)
5:30 $0.99
15. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor: Allegro Molto (1931)
5:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
My earliest recollection of Sergei Rachmaninoff was when I was still residing in Taipei. As a twelve-year old, my piano teacher at the time introduced me to the music and literature of Russia. I read novels by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, listened through the piano works and symphonies by Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. The great joy I felt when I discovered the extensive piano literature by Rachmaninoff and instantly fell in love with his expressive melodies and luxurious harmonies.

My memory with the Sonata No. 2 went back to when I was still a student at The Juilliard School. A recording of the work by Vladimir Horowitz in 1968 left a huge impression on me. Throughout the years, the number of my performances of various transcriptions grew, but it is the Études-Tableaux Op. 39 that astonished me the most with his creativity and rich nuances.

The decision to make an album of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works was made from a pure love for his music. I want to bring to my listeners the most beautiful experiences through this music that encompasses all of human emotions, of love, hope, nostalgia, loss and despair. This music that reminds me of the struggle of childhood and beautiful moments spent with my family and an imagination that takes me to another world.

The direct communicative emotions of Rachmaninoff’s music speak to all humanity. This album is for anyone and everyone, plain or extraordinary, elegant or simple, who wants to hear a story of the heart.

Ching-Yun Hu



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