The Cliburn

Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Sean Chen ITunes
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Label: harmonia mundi
Catalog: hmu 907607


BRAHMS Variations on an Original Theme, op. 21, no. 1
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”)
BARTÓK Three Études, op. 18

The crystal award winner’s performance of the monumental Beethoven sonata, bookended by Brahms’ Variations, op. 21 and Bartok’s difficult Études.

Sean Chen captivated audiences and critics at the 2013 Cliburn Competition with concerts “that had the crowd not just standing…but cheering loudly” (KDHX, St. Louis), earning the crystal award and winning three years of concert tours in the United States-the first American to win a prize since 1997. Markedly, in his Final Round performance of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 3, “he summoned massive, orchestral sonorities, yet he could also play with enormous delicacy. It was a muscular, impassioned performance, and you felt like he is an artist with something to say” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Highlights of the 2013-14 season include return invitations to perform with the Indianapolis and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Jordan Hall in Boston, and recital and concerto appearances across the United States and Europe.

Harmonia mundi usa

harmonia mundi is one of the world’s premiere classical music labels. Since its founding in 1958, it has become synonymous with extraordinary artistry, audiophile production and intriguing repertoire. The catalog features early to contemporary classical music performed by both established and emerging artists. harmonia mundi usa’s Artistic Director and multi-Grammy-nominated producer Robina Young has been responsible for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition recordings since 1997.

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