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Antonio Chen Guang - Bach, Brahms, Berg

Release Date: 04/03/2020
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30069
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach ,  Johannes Brahms ,  Alban Berg Performer:  Antonio Chen Guang

Steinway & Sons presents the debut recording of pianist Antonio Chen Guang, winner of the First Olga Kern International Piano Competition. Antonio Chen Guang combines his extraordinary technical capacity with a profound and mature musical sensibility and an exceptional onstage charisma.


Recorded May 16-17, 2017 at Steinway Hall, New York City.
Producer: Jon Feidner
Engineer: Lauren Sclafani
Assistant Engineer: Melody Nieun Hwang
Editing: Kazumi Umeda
Production Assistant: Renée Oakford
Mixing and Mastering: Daniel Shores

Executive Producers: Eric Feidner, Jon Feidner
Art Direction: Jackie Fugere
Design: Cover to
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Piano Technician: Lauren Sclafani
Piano: Steinway Model D # 610511 (Hamburg)


Pianist Antonio Chen Guang is blurbed by Vladimir Ashkenazy on this Steinway & Sons release, and perhaps he is developing a bit of the great's genius. He's charismatic, powerful, and intelligent in planning on a large scale. Guang takes on some difficult works on this debut recording from Steinway Hall in New York. The Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24, dedicated to Clara Schumann, is challenging both technically and interpretively, with a subtle ebb and flow married to some pianistic fireworks. Guang handles these with aplomb, providing the requisite monumental conclusion in the big fugue with its climax-building episodes. Even better is the Berg Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 1, an underplayed work that is, in a way, another set of variations that leads via various threads to the tonic key at the end. this is a promising release from a pianist who is likely another good pick from Steinway.

-- All Music Guide
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