Hsia-Jung Chang | Chopin Complete Préludes

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Chopin Complete Préludes

by Hsia-Jung Chang

The complete preludes of Chopin, performed on the piano type of the composer's choice, the Pleyel
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Prélude in C Major Op. 28 No. 1
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2. Prélude in A Minor Op. 28 No. 2
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3. Prélude in G Major Op. 28 No. 3
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4. Prélude in E Minor Op. 28 No. 4
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5. Prélude in D Major Op. 28 No. 5
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6. Prélude in B Minor Op. 28 No. 6
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7. Prélude in A Major Op. 28 No. 7
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8. Prélude in F-sharp Minor Op. 28 No. 8
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9. Prélude in E Major Op. 28 No. 9
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10. Prélude in C-sharp Minor Op. 28 No. 10
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11. Prélude in B Major Op. 28 No. 11
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12. Prélude in G-sharp Minor Op. 28 No. 12
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13. Prélude in F-sharp Major Op. 28 No. 13
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14. Prélude in E-flat Minor Op. 28 No. 14
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15. Prélude in D-flat Major Op. 28 No. 15
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16. Prélude in B-flat Minor Op. 28 No. 16
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17. Prélude in A-flat Major Op. 28 No. 17
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18. Prélude in F Minor Op. 28 No. 18
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19. Prélude in E-flat Major Op. 28 No. 19
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20. Prélude in C Minor Op. 28 No. 20
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21. Prélude in B-flat Major Op. 28 No. 21
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22. Prélude in G Minor Op. 28 No. 22
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23. Prélude in F Major Op. 28 No. 23
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24. Prélude in D Minor Op. 28 No. 24
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25. Prélude in A-flat Major Opus Posthumous
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26. Prélude in C-sharp Minor Op. 45
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
One rainy afternoon in NYC I was browsing in Klavierhaus, when I came across a rebuilt 1907 Pleyel piano. Though the Pleyel design had changed somewhat between Chopin's time and 1907, having read about the composer's fondness for the Pleyel piano, I was happy to have the unexpected opportunity to hear his music on the instrument. With the shop owner's permission, I sat down and played the A-flat Etude of Op. 25. The different registers of the piano formed delicate, transparent layers of sound which at once blended yet retained clarity as colors in watercolor paintings. The effect was so stunning that I had to try another piece by Chopin, then another. There I remained undisturbed by the shop owners and staff for over an hour, entering through this sound portal an era when music supplied not only the mood, but the plot, characters, and scenery as well; when people exchanged ideas during nightly soirées in intimate salons, where passing thoughts and mood changes were momentarily savored.
Later when my sister Hsi-Ling, a recording engineer and herself a brilliant pianist, heard the Pleyel, she shared the same excitement for the sound and suggested that we record it. I decided the complete Préludes of Chopin would uncover the wide range of color and moods of both the composer and his piano of choice. Chopin dedicated the Twenty-Four Préludes of Op. 28 to non other than Camille Pleyel, the piano maker and the composer's longtime friend.

- Hsia-Jung Chang

Taiwanese pianist Hsia-Jung Chang has performed throughout America, Scandinavia, and Asia. She resides in New York City where she maintains an active career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. The Complete Preludes of Chopin was featured on Reflections from the Keyboard with host David Dubal on WQXR on Jan. 18 2006. Her recording of the complete Chopin "Impromptus, Ballades, Berceuse" is also available online: www.cdbaby.com/chang.


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Michael Moran www.michaelmoran.com


a ravishing, cantabile sound that liberates all the haunted, fragile and febrile qualities of these intimate pieces

Garnet Ungar

The Best Preludes
I would put on tis recording of the Chopin Preludes before any other. I've also recommended it to many of my students as the finest on the market.

Sonoloco review - Ingvar Loco Nordin

...seamless flow of soaring emotions and shivers of light that Hsia-Jung Chang’s
Hsia-Jung Chang’s CD is unique to me, not only in that it has brought me some peace of mind and some consolation in a time of heartbreak, but also because I can stack it on the shelf alongside Josef Hoffman and Ignaz Friedman with a conviction of it’s natural domiciliary rights up there!

Frank Deruyck

The same experience!
I came across a Pleyel of 1907, and bought it immediatly! It is a fantastic instrument!

New Classics


Hsia-Jung Chang performs the works with great delicacy and refinement, allowing a wide spectrum of colour and moods to emerge in a way that appears effortless.

William O'Connor

Finest interpretation of the Chopin Preludes that I've ever heard!
Pleyel piano has a liquid, luminous tonal quality, amber and sweet, like flowing honey. Allows this artist ability for recreating the work as the composer originally wished it to be heard, with all the nuances and tenderness that Chopin wanted expressed, subtly and distinctly. Artist is able to utilize this incredible instrument as Chopin had intended to portray hopes and aspirations of his very soul.

John Esposito

Hsia-Jung Chang brings a freedom and conviction to her playing
Hsia-Jung Chang brings a freedom and conviction to her playing of these Chopin preludes as she unleashes passionate expressivity through tonal and dynamic nuance so beautifully transported through to the Pleyel's open, rich, and loose sonority.

Gene Perciavalle

Chopin at its most intimate, revealing moments.
Ms Chang has won over a new follower. In a laymans opinion, she possesses an uncanny intimacy with Fredric himself. I can imagine him sitting nearby, nodding his head in approval for her rendering of his scoring, fingering and sensitivity.

If all only Rubenstein could hear this mastery of the subject matter , what would he say?