The Forgotten / Xiaoya Liu

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Pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound artistry and charismatic performances as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across...

Pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound artistry and charismatic performances as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across Asia, Europe, and the United States with orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, U-M Life Sciences Orchestra, GSIM Festival Orchestra, and in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Hill Auditorium, Palazzo Biscari, and Shanghai Concert Hall. On this release she plays a program of works by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, and Griffes.

REVIEW:

Having reviewed Xiaoya Liu’s brilliant edition of Carl Vine’s four piano sonatas elsewhere, I was not at all surprised by the superb technique, sensitivity, and individuality that this gifted pianist brings to each and every selection throughout this release.

Her Mozart C minor Fantasy is a model of perfect pacing, where elegance and drama merge as one. Liu transforms Chopin’s early and flashy Rondo Op. 1 into something more substantial, pointedly shaping the decorative right-hand flourishes and creating shimmering sonorities with impressively discreet pedaling.

I’ve rarely heard such a feathery and scintillating Liszt Bagatelle Without Tonality, so different from Alfred Brendel’s harder-edged traversal. It assiduously leads into a comparably imaginative and convincingly capricious Valse oubliée No. 1. She plays the lyrical Romance oubliée beautifully, although I find the late Joel Hasting’s Naxos recording slightly warmer and fuller in body.

Why Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ compact and substantial 1918 Piano Sonata remains on the recital repertoire’s fringes is an utter mystery. Its sensuous melodies, potent expressivity, and idiomatic yet orchestrally-inspired keyboard textures easily warrant a “Great American Piano Sonata” ranking alongside Ives, Barber, Carter, and Copland. It’s also interesting how certain of the tumultuous finale’s figurations presage Prokofiev’s Seventh sonata, composed a quarter century later. Liu may not quite match Garrick Ohlsson, Stephen Beus, or Reed Tetzloff for high-voltage profile in the outer movements (they also benefit from stronger sonic presence), yet one cannot deny her narrative grasp and intelligently scaled dynamics. How ironic that a release entitled “The Forgotten” turns out to be unforgettable, and, more importantly, recommendable.

-- ClassicsToday.com (Jed Distler)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 03, 2022


  • UPC: 044747392523


  • Catalog Number: CRC3925


  • Label: Centaur Records


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Frédéric Chopin


  • Performer: Xiaoya Liu



Works:


  1. Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Performer: Xiaoya Liu (Piano)


  2. Rondo in C Minor, Op. 1

    Composer: Frederic Chopin

    Performer: Xiaoya Liu (Piano)


  3. Bagatelle ohne Tonart (Bagatelle sans tonalité), S216a/R60c

    Composer: Franz Liszt

    Performer: Xiaoya Liu (Piano)


  4. Valses oubliées (4), S215/R37: Valse oubliée No. 1

    Composer: Franz Liszt

    Performer: Xiaoya Liu (Piano)


  5. Romance oubliée, S527/R66b, "Vergessene Romanze"

    Composer: Franz Liszt

    Performer: Xiaoya Liu (Piano)


  6. Piano Sonata

    Composer: Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    Performer: Xiaoya Liu (Piano)