Weiyin Chen

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Weiyin Chen

I just took a chance and purchased Weiyin Chen's Diary in G, because there are piano sonatas by 2 of my favourites : Schubert and Schumann: No. 18 in G Major and No. 2 in G Minor. 

 

For comparative purposes can anyone recommend alternative recordings of these pieces that I could obtain? A review mentioned Algerich.

 

This recording by Chen is stunning in my opinion, if somewhat reserved, but I am no expert.

RE: Weiyin Chen

Rjl1842, thanks a lot for bringing up to the fore such a neglected, overlooked CD by a most "obscure" label, with a pianist whose name I doubt can ring any bell to anyone in this forum.

This CD by this bright and apparently quite talented pianist shows how programs of individual recitals could be more pertinent and interesting. Taking the key of G, Pianist Chen opts for two monumental Sonatas from Schubert in the major and from Schumann in the minor.

By all means, particularly for the great Schubert one in G (the no. 18), the field is almost saturated. Quite a few of the big names have served the work quite well: Argerich, Ashkenazy, Uchida and Brendel are some great exponents of this Sonata. From the more recent and still well-known pianists, I. Cooper in her Live recordings (on Avie) is pretty fine (in her double CD Vol.2) as well as G. Oppitz, on Haenssler, in his project of the composer's Piano Music (Vol.1).

From the less well known and expected ones, you may try Tristan Pfaff, on Aparte. He is "stunning" as well, in a very bright recording.

For Pianoforte (which is also worth trying and indulging in), you may try A. Staier (on HM), Jan Vermeulen (on Etcetera), Howard Shelley (on Amon Ra) and Badura-Skoda (in a triple CD, on Arcana). All very well recorded and on excellent period instruments.

For Schumann's Sonata, Argerich is the "tiger" suitable to "handle" this kind of music by this unique composer. Decca is preparing a new CD with M. Uchida, ready to be released in early September. Angela Hewitt and M. A. Hamlin, both on Hyperion, are impressive, while the quite unknown Korean Chung Sang Mi may surprise you, in her recital on Centaur, with works by Beethoven and Scriabin as well.

For period performance, you may give a shot on the recording, on Frederick Chopin Institute label, with Malcolm Frager playing on a wonderful instrument by Rosenberg of 1845.

Parla

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Parla,

 

Thank you for your thoughts. As someone who has always loved classical music but is finally trying to become educated about it, your comments are very much appreciated.

 

Weiyin Chen's playing really is lovely and I hope she gets more press and attention. I didn't know she (or her label) were relatively obscure. I highly recommend her CD Diary in G

RE: Weiyin Chen

This wonderful (the more I listen to it the more enamored I become) recording is presently not even in the top 25 on its own label.

Unfortunately, very often the

Unfortunately, very often the reality is different than a cd.... Must be hard for Weiyin Chen.

 

http://youtu.be/aHmEsgvRPls

Schubert & Schumann

Agree with Parla re Imogen Cooper. Her Schubert recordings really get to the heart of the music, as of course does Brendel (with whom Cooper studied). For Schumann's 2nd sonata Sergio Fiorentino's APR recording is one of my favourite Shumann recitals, a lovely disc, including arguably my favourite performance of the Fantasie and several other items.

 

Imogen Cooper's Schumann  recital (Chandos) with the Fantasiestucke & Kreisleriana is good but for Kreisleriana my favourite is Moiseiwitsch (DG) followed  by Lucy Parham (ASV) who also gives a good account of Sonata 2 & Papillons: an underated CD in my opinion. Moiseiwitsch is also my favourite for Carnaval along with Juana Zayas who also gives a superb Fantaiestucke (Music & Arts). If older recordings are not a problem then Cortot's Schumann is typified by his unique wild enthusiasms and eccentricities.

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