CLIBURN BRONZE Hsu

CLIBURN BRONZE 2017

Daniel Hsu
Int. Release 18 Aug. 2017
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Track List

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110

Marc-Andre Hamelin (1961 - )
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition

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1:20

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3:20

8.
4:22

9.
0:56

10.
3:49

12.
3:34

Daniel Hsu

Total Playing Time: 1:11:14

[Beethoven / Piano Sonata no. 31]: From his inner resources Hsu produces everything the sonata needs . . . Beginning at a slightly daring slow pace, he phrases the long cantabile line of the opening theme with assurance and sensitivity . . . Transitions are supple and natural, never allowing Beethoven's contrasts to sound like grinding gears. Rubato is handled instinctively as an expressive device, never arbitrarily . . . The pianist plays its lyricism from the inside, unafraid to be vulnerable and quietist . . . The Adagio preceding the Fugue is done with riveting inwardness, bringing Beethoven as close to Chopin as one dares . . . [the Fugue]: I find it clear and well organized . . . his technique remains secure at every step. In short, this is a very impressive reading . . . Hsu won the prize for the best performance of "Toccata on L'homme armé" . . . [Hsu keeps] the running passagework going in fluid fashion while the melody and its variants unfold. Hsu does this with relaxed virtuosity and musicianship . . . [in Busoni's (re)arrangement of Bach's Chaconne in D Minor] Hsu has no difficulty, showing personality, exuberance, and a free spirit, a very winning combination . . . Finally, there comes "Pictures at an Exhibition" . . . He relies on his natural gift for phrasing and musicality to make the strongest impression . . . on its own terms this is a beautiful, well-shaped reading . . . I loved everything he played here . . . The recorded sound is close up, warm, and realistic.