Liszt Metamorphosis (Digital-only Album)


Charlotte Hu


Franz Liszt
Release Date: 19-07-2024
PTC: 5187259

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Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Années de Pèlerinage III, S.163

Schwanengesang, S. 560

12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S. 558

3) No. 2, Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Transcribed from Schubert's D.774) 4:07

Liebeslied, S. 566 (After Schumann’s Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1)

6) Liebeslied, S. 566 (After Schumann’s Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1) 4:22
Total Tracks 10
Total Duration 01hr 07min

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Pianist Charlotte Hu (formerly known as Ching-Yun Hu) presents Liszt: Metamorphosis, her debut album for PENTATONE. On it, Charlotte explores Hungarian composer and virtuoso pianist Franz Liszt’s chameleonic and evolving approach to composing – the metamorphosis of his music spanning from his early works inspired by Beethoven to the abstract tonality of his later works, as well as his incredible ability to transcribe and transform the music of other composers he admired.

This digital release includes Liszt’s Les jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este (The Fountains of the Villa d’Este) from 1877; his Lieder Transcriptions of art songs by Schumann and Schubert from 1838 and 1848;
Three Concert Études from 1845-49; and Rhapsodie espagnole (Spanish Rhapsody) from 1858. A perennial favourite with Hu’s audiences, Liszt: Metamorphosis explores works that showcase the important role literature, spirituality, and travel play in Liszt’s music for solo piano. Nuanced and multifaceted, Charlotte takes the listeners through the evolution of Franz Liszt through his many creative stages: a storytelling of an emotional and spiritual- filled journey.

Described as a “first-class talent” (Philadelphia Inquirer) possessing a “superstar quality – musical, energetic, and full of flair” (Jerusalem Post), Taiwanese-American pianist Charlotte Hu has been praised by audiences and critics across the globe for her dazzling virtuosity, captivating musicianship, and magnetic stage presence. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she was a top prize winner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition. She has astounded audiences at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Taipei National Concert Hall, and Osaka’s Symphony Hall.

This is a digital-only CD release, not available as a physical product.