Fingerprints" is the title of the new CD that Haiou Zhang recorded on a C. Bechstein concert grand D 282 in the Jesus Christ Church in Berlin. The Chinese virtuoso is now presenting the new recording, just released by Hänssler Classic, live in five cities.
"My new CD 'Fingerprints' contains compositions from various styles and eras; as different as the works are - they have one thing in common: I associate great, sometimes touching concert experiences with each piece performed," Haiou Zhang explains the concept of his new CD, adding, "I have performed each piece at least 50 times worldwide." These multi-layered concert experiences have now been incorporated into the recordings, bringing the sound images to new life."
Total Song: 12 songs
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins
Label: Hänssler Classic
Format: CD, Album
Style: Baroque, Classical, Contemporary, Modern
Pianist: Haiou Zhang
Piano: C.Bechstein D282
Fingerprints finally become the title of my CD Album, which gives the upcoming disc quite a personal touch. Every composition is very different in style, but each has the same mental flow: they are all undoubtedly my favourites. I do not see my job as just being to record a CD and then release it onto the market. Every single piece on the CD has been played as live experience in at least 50 concerts before I get the feeling that it is ready to be recorded. This process was indispensable in order to give me the most freedom which is needed for the entire performance; it inspires me to bring sound pictures to life.
Fingerprints has been selected as ALBUM PICK by the LUFTHANSA MAGAZINE for Edition October 2017.
"He can also play the most difficult of all: Mozart. After a recording with the piano concertos K.466 and 467, the new CD by the Chinese pianist Haiou Zhang on the hänssler CLASSIC label, includes, as well as Bach, an exciting Beethoven Sonata ("Waldstein") and Ravels' "La Valse". It also contains the F major Sonata K.332 by Mozart. It is admirably differentiated both by its decidedly dynamic form, its richness in variety of tempo and also the natural flow, without which - in playing Mozart - mannerism can quickly arise."
- Süddeutsche Zeitung, Klaus Kalchschmid