CD review: Sean Chen, piano, Crystal Award winner of Cliburn Competition

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Reviewed by Gary Lemco

To call Van Cliburn Competition winner Sean Chen’s performances of Brahms, Beethoven, and Bartok “crystalline” does more than make a pun, as you can hear for yourself.

Brahms: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1; Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”; Bartók: Three Etudes, Op. 18. Harmonia mundi HMU 907607, 70:17, ****

Recorded in concert 24 May 9 June 2013 at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas, this composite recital by Sean Chen celebrates his participation at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Chen has chosen three works from distinct musical periods and aesthetics that realize aspects of his own consummate musicianship, the variation principle tying the works together. MORE

Published January 7, 2014
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Kernis concerto inspires student work on display at PSO exhibition

Princeton Symphony Orchestra is set to present an exhibition of art, poetry and prose by local middle school students called Listening to the Colored Field.

The works on display are the culmination of students’ participation in Listen Up!, a special music initiative offered through PSO’s BRAVO! education program designed to encourage creativity through active listening.

Students listened to composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ cello concerto Colored Field, written in response to a stirring tour of Auschwitz Holocaust sites, at PSO’s Nov. 3 Eternal Light concert. The students created their own responses to Kernis’ music and its reflection of the Holocaust, working independently and in groups. MORE

Published January 7, 2014
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