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Chopin Impromptus Ballades Berceuse

by Hsia-Jung Chang

Wordless poetry from the Romantic Era; captivating and dazzling works by the Poet of the Piano, Frederic Chopin.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Impromptu in A-flat, Op. 29
3:55 $0.99
2. Impromptu in F-sharp, Op. 36
5:30 $0.99
3. Impromptu in G-flat, Op. 51
5:01 $0.99
4. Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66
5:03 $0.99
5. Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
9:26 $0.99
6. Ballade in F, Op. 38
6:45 $0.99
7. Ballade in A-flat, Op. 47
7:11 $0.99
8. Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
11:10 $0.99
9. Berceuse Op. 57
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hsia-Jung's first encounter with the music of Frédéric Chopin was hearing the Etude Op. 10 No.3 freely transcribed on the guitar as an impromptu lullaby by her mother, Taiwanese musician Ho Lan. Perhaps that first impression of Chopin from her infant days predisposed Hsia-Jung's ears toward hearing exotic musical influences in the works of the famous Polish patriot.
Biographies of the Pole in exile often emphasize the Polishness in his music: the Mazurkas, the Polonaises, the Revolutionary Etude, etc. Yet could it be that Chopin, the extremely well-traveled composer, was never captivated by music from other cultures? The liner notes contain a witty self interview in which the pianist puts forward musicological substantiations on the un-Polish influences in Chopin's music and challenges various traditional views on these well-known works.
Hsia-Jung's interpretation of the four Ballades was hailed by critic Harris Goldsmith as:

". . . thrillingly revelatory and inspired rethinkings of four of Chopin's supreme masterpieces. Such clear-headedness and selfless honesty are exciting to encounter - all the more so since Chopin is so frequently mauled by 'Tradition.'"

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New York Concert Review Vol. 6 No.2

Hsia-Jung Chang, piano
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
February 20,1999

"The pianist displayed some miraculously deft, rapid trills. Ms. Chang's laser clarity and focus put me in mind of Peter Serkin's pianism at its best - high praise, indeed."

"Ms. Chang's integral performance of the four Chopin Ballades was even more mesmerizing in its unwavering clarity of structure and emotional concentration. All sorts of felicities were realized to the hilt . . these were thrillingly revelatory and inspired rethinkings of four of Chopin's supreme masterpieces. Such clear-headedness and selfless honesty are exciting to encounter - all the more so since Chopin is so frequently mauled by 'Tradition,'"

". . . the listener (is) glad to have made the acquaintance of so interesting and formidably accomplished a musical personality. Hsia-Jung Chang is a distinctive and important new voice in the annals of pianism: I'll be watching her with keen anticipation."

-Harris Goldsmith



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Sheri Boggs - Northwest Inlander

". . . she frees Chopin from his reputation as a quintessentially Polish composer. Deliberately picking out the Spanish influences in the third Ballade, written after Chopin and his lover George Sand returned form Majorca, Chang evokes castanet rhythms and Mediterranean folk influences. Her literary interpretations too are fresh, breaking with tradition on the second Ballades, the F Major, Op. 38 which Robert Schumann had attributed to a poem but Chang sees instead as a lyric tale of a fisher maiden lost at sea. Appropriately, the album closes with the Berceuse, a dusky lullaby with variations on the nightingale's bedding-down song."

ren zhang

A sincere and refreshing style of Chopin playing.Chopin lovers must hear this re

Deborah Berioli

Hsia-Jung Chang's artistry is inspiring!
Hsia-Jung Chang's liner notes inspired and challenged me to go deeper into this music and experience these works on a new and more personal level. BRAVA!

Adam Wallace

Music for the mind and soul and sharing
I find this cd to be a treasure, uplifting as well as cerebral. It can be enjoyed listening alone but it is also perfect classical music to play for guests.

Gene Perciavalle

Awe inspiring, Gould, Richter, Cliburn, Watts, and now Chang.
Outstanding recording quality. "You are there feeling". Intimacy, Sensitivity, Fervor and, excitement. From a laymans perspective she captures it all.

When will she provide us with an entire recorded orchestral performance? I'm tired of playing Cliburn and Watts!

Definately one of the best readings of this material.