Boston Musical Intelligencer
Magical Debussy on 1877 …rard

May 15, 2012
by Marvin J. Ward
Click here for full scholarly review from Boston Musical Intelligencer

"Changís playing style is the epitome of what all witnesses described as that of Chopin, Saint-SaŽns, Faurť, Debussy, and Ravel: she obtained all the sound with her wrists, hands and fingers, her upper arms mostly held vertical and close to her sides. Like those pianist-composers, she believes that 'it is all about the music,' not about the musician, and that all the razzle-dazzle should be in the sounds produced by the instrument, not in the showy movements of the musicianís limbs. She played from memory with an intense concentration on the precise production of the exact sound that the composer sought, with an equally precise and judicious pedaling to obtain the nuances and the sustaining rings, and the …rardís strikingly sonorous resonance allowed all its colors to sparkle and glow and made the music come brilliantly alive. This is true artistic virtuosity; no emotive ebullience required."

Venice Performing Arts Series
"Chopin & Pauline" with Deborah Berioli & Hsia-Jung Chang

January 30, 2011 3:30 PM
by Vera Greene of Don441.com Media

The Venice Performing Art Series presented Chopin and Pauline on Sunday with Hsia-Jung Chang at the piano playing Chopin's Etudes, and Artistic Director, Deborah Berioli performing Chopin's Mazurkas for Voice with Ms. Chang's piano accompaniment. It was an enriching experience educationally, musically, and personally. I learned that the Pauline referred to in the title is Pauline Viardot; she arranged Chopin's piano works for voice. I learned that etudes are musical compositions designed to provide practice material for musicians to perfect a particular technical skill. And it was Chopin who combined musical substance and technical challenge to create a complete artistic form and which has become a regular part of concert repertoire. Noted Chopin specialist Hsai-Jung Chang etudes were played seemingly effortlessly, each with a distinct personality. Her grace and refinement resonated throughout her playing; her introductory remarks were informative and entertaining. Deborah Berioli gave voice to Chopin's mazurkas. Her soprano voice exuded the emotionally of the pieces. Each mazurka relayed a tale involving passions and sensibilities that came through with Ms. Berioli's skill and grace. Besides sharing beautiful music with the audience, both women were charming, witty and personable. The audience got to know the women through their talent and remarks. It was an uplifting performance.

Hsia-Jung Chang
Inside the Piano - 21st Century Improvisations

December 19, 2008
CD review by Szilvia Balazs-McCord

Egyedulallo, furcsa CD-t tartok a kezemben.Legeloszor hallgatva ezek a szavak jutottak eszembe: finomsag, agresszio, kelet es nyugat, komorsag es jatek, jozansag es mamor, mindenekfeletti muveszi onkifejezes A muvesz Hsia-Jung Chang, egy New Yorkban elo kinai szarmazasu muvesz, a vilag szinte minden tajan ismert. Elozoleg megjelent albumai , a Chopin Complete Preludes - amelyet egy 1907-ben epitett majd ujja epitett Pleyel zongoraval rogzitett lemezre, es a Chopin Impromptus, Ballades Berceuse. Ezenkivul a szinten zenevel foglalkozo edesanyja lemezen, a Echo from Deep Valley cimu anyagon is kozremukodott Hsia-Jung. A Mandala Studio altal rogzitett, Inside the Piano, 21st Century Improvisations igen kulonleges darab.

Olyan zenei anyag ez, amelyet nem ajanlok mindenkinek, vagy legalabb is olyanoknak nem, akik tartozkodnak barmifele kalandozastol a muzsika kulonleges vilagaban. Annal inkabb ajanlom viszont azoknak, akik a zene es azonbelul is a zongora szerelmesei es nyitottak minden ujra. Ez a muzsika ugyanis magaban foglalja a regit es ujat, osit es modernt, reg elfeledtet, es korszerut. Az improvizaciokra epult zenei mu - ahogyan a szerzo is megemliti a CD boritojan-nem olyan anyag amit partikon, vagy az autoban vezetes kozben hallgathatunk. Sot az O szemelyes tanacsa, hogy csendes kornyezetben, a villanyt lekapcsolva a legjobb hallgatni ezt a zenet. Az en szemelyes kedvencem Drunk on Taiji, olyan varazslatos vilagba visz el, ahol mar jartam, de igazabol meg sosem voltam. Harcmuveszeteket gyakorloknak a Taiji muvelese es a Chi aramlasa kozben gyakran van olyan erzesuk,mintha egy mas vilagba utaznanak, de sosem tudjak megmondani, vagy megfogalmazni hogy igazabol mit ereznek. Nos, tobbe nem is kell. Ez a remekmu elmondja szavak nelkul. Ezt a darabot egyebkent a muvesz edesapjanak H. T. Changnak ajanlja,aki elsokent mutatta be neki ezt a harcmuveszetet, valamint Ren Guang-Yi-nek a vilag hiru Taiji mesternek, szemelyes tanitojanak dedikalja.

A legerdekesebbnek a Chopin Bug cimu szerzemenyt talalom. Konnyu es szorakoztato. A muvesz es a zongoraba szorult bogarak gyerekes jateka az, ami elvezetesse teszi ezt a darabot. A 8. szazadi kinai kolto Wang Wei verse ihlette a Willows in the Wind cimu szerzemenyt. A vers ket barat szakitasarol szol. A zold fuzfak alatt utolso egyutt koltott poharukat iszogatjak, majd egyikuk a tavoli Yang Guan hegyekbe utazik, s tobbe mar sosem lathatjak egymast. Hsia-Jung Chang elkepzelte mit mondananak a fuzfak, mit suttognanak agaik.

A CD osszesen het zenei muvet tartalmaz. Mndegyikuk szerkesztes nelkuli, nemelyikuk befejezetlennek tuno darab, megis oszesegeben mestermu. Ime egy kis elotortenet a CD szuleteserol: A szerzo muveszt a ugyancsak professzionalis zenesz testvere egyedul hagyta otthon egy delutan, mikozben zongora anyagat gyakorolta. A cel az volt, hogy improvizaciokra epitve uj hangzast talaljon Taiji mestere uj DVD-jehez. A mikrfononokkal felszerelt szobaba azonban nemcsak a zenesz es a zongora maradt, hanem szamos szokatlan targy is, amelyet nem igen, vagy legalabbis ritkan talalunk zenei anyagok rogzitesenel. A kiserletezesbol aztan egy CD-re valo zenei mu szuletett. A sok kulonleges targy mellet amelyeket felhasznaltak az anyag rogzitesekor, szamomra a diohej es az ujsagpapir a legerdekesebb. Hogy hogyan jut eszebe egy zenesznek hogy ilyen targyakat hasznaljon egy-egy darab szuletesenel, sosem fogjuk kitalalni. Azt hiszem ez a muveszek es csak is a muveszek kivaltsaga.

English translation by Mara Balog

I'm holding a strange, unique CD in my hands. Listening to it these are the words that first came to my mind: subtlety, aggression, East and West, gloominess and playfulness, sobriety and intoxication, and artistic self-expression above all. The artist Hsia-Jung Chang, originated in Taiwan and now living in New York, is well known all over the world. Her previous albums are: Chopin Complete Preludes - which she recorded with a Pleyel piano built in 1907, then rebuilt; and Chopin Impromptus, Ballades Berceuse. Besides that she also contributed to her (also musician) mother's album, Echo from Deep Valley.

Inside the Piano - 21st Century Improvisations recorded by Mandala Studio is a very special recording. It is not the kind of music that I would recommend to everyone, or at least not to those who shy away from taking an adventure in the unique world of music. Much rather would I recommend it to those who are enamored of music and within that, the piano, and are open-minded toward everything that is new. Because this music encompasses old and new, ancient and modern, long forgotten and up-to-date. This music of improvisation - as the composer mentioned on the cover - is not something you can put on at a party or while driving. Her personal advice is even to find some quiet environment and turn the light off while listening to it.

My personal favorite is Drunk on Taiji, which takes you to a magical world which I seemed to have already walked in yet I've never actually been to. Martial arts practitioners while doing Taiji or experiencing their chi flow often get the feeling that they have travelled to another world, but they can never describe what it really feels like. Well, they won't have to anymore. This classic piece will describe it without words. The artist dedicated this piece to her father H. T. Chang who was the first to introduce this martial art to her, and to Ren Guang-Yi the world famous Taiji master, her personal teacher.

I found the piece called Chopin Bug the most interesting. It is light and entertaining. The play between the artist and the bugs stuck inside the piano is what makes it really enjoyable. The piece Willows in the Wind was inspired by a poem of an 8th century Chinese poet Wang Wei. The poem is about the separating of two friends. Under green willow trees they are finishing their last glass of drink together, then one of them is off to travel to the distant Yang Guan mountain, never to see each other again. Hsia-Jung Chang imagined what the willow trees would say, what their branches would whisper.

The CD altogether contains seven pieces. All of them are unedited, some of them seems to have no ending, but they form a masterpiece in their totality. Here's a little background story on the birth of this CD: One afternoon the composer artist was left alone at home with microphones set up by her sister, a recording engineer. Her goal was to find through improvisations a new sound for her Taiji master's new DVD. However, in the room equipped with microphones, besides the piano and the artist, there were a number of unusual objects, which we would never or very rarely find in any other recording studio. From all this experimenting was born a CD worth of music. Amongst the many special objects that were used while recording this material I've found the walnut shell and the newspaper the most interesting. How does a musician come up with using such objects when creating a musical piece? We will never find out. I believe it's the privilege of the artists and the artists only.
Chopin: Complete Préludes. Hsia-Jung Chang (Pleyel Piano)
June 12, 2007
by Marvin J. Ward
Classical Voice of North Carolina

One of the features this recording offers, and therefore recommends it de facto to the listener, is an excursion into a facsimile of Chopin's own sound world. Few, if any of the many other recordings of these works available on the market, offer this kind of sonic perspective. Although this particular piano was built over a half-century after the composer's death (in 1849), it is a product of the same firm whose instruments he preferred. Indeed, the Op. 28 Préludes (1836-39) were dedicated to the firm's owner at the time, Camille Pleyel, son of its founder Ignaz, as the liner note (alas slightly marred by a typo: a "non" for "none") points out. The final two works are played in their chronological (1834 and 1841) rather than catalogue order. The Pleyel was, incidentally, the first piano to use a metal frame.

The tempi and rhythms of Chang's performance of some of the individual pieces differ, sometimes markedly, from those we are accustomed to hearing. Chang has made the study and performance of Chopin's works a particular focus, and has clearly thought carefully about them and strayed from the standard path quite deliberately. This gives a fresh perspective that is often revealing and rewarding. One of the most noticeable for this listener on first hearing is the so-called "Raindrop" Prélude, Op. 28/15, where Chang deemphasizes the incessant and monotonous repetitiveness that overpowers so many other interpretations.

Hers are generally less emotive and more cerebral, less flamboyant or dramatic and more finely nuanced, less dominated by exaggerated dynamic contrasts between ppp and fff and more intimate, and in the end far more musical than the "heart on the sleeve" interpretations of many. Although startling at first for its departures from standard ones, her performance is ultimately persuasive: with each listening I became more and more convinced of its absolute appropriateness for the music. Michael Kennedy, in his Oxford Dictionary of Music, rev. ed. ©1994, p. 170, says: "Although Chopin's pf. mus. is beset with romantic stories and nicknames, he himself insisted on its existence as absolute mus., hence the rather severe titles which refer only to mus. forms and are never picturesque, as in Schumann and Liszt. His own playing was both powerful and rhythmically subtle, with astonishing evenness of touch." This recording strikes me as a fine emulation of that.

Upon listening to Martha Argerich's 1977 recording in the DG Chopin Edition for comparison, I became immediately convinced as well of the greater suitability of this instrument for the music, even if it is not contemporary to it, suitability that Chang discusses eloquently in her very brief and personal liner note. The sound has a deeper, more resonant tone and a remarkable clarity together with a light ring and a slight shimmer, which a more bright and brilliant modern piano does not possess, characteristics that are especially pleasing.

I recently heard Chang in a live recital on the Frederick Collection spring series in Ashburnham, MA, where she played the complete études, Op. 10 (12, 1829-32) and Op. 25 (12, 1832-36) on a Conrad Graf (Vienna) piano from 1828, which has its original leather hammer pads and most of its original strings. Chopin began the composition of his Op. 10 while living in Vienna and playing on Grafs. This was, therefore, an even more authentic excursion into the composer's sound world than this recording, one in which the instrument seemed even more perfectly suited. The performance was stunning and brought the audience immediately to its feet. Chang played two encores, the Op. 28/20 so-called "Funeral March" Prelude and the Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. post. (1830).

At the time this recording was made, the 1907 Pleyel, whose case, decorated with a hand-painted landscape that also uses gold paint, can be seen in the photo beneath the CD holder, was available for purchase from Klavierhaus, 211 W. 58th Street, New York, NY 10019, 202-245-4535, www.klavierhaus.com. It does not currently appear on the website, however.

Very highly recommended. Every Chopin lover should add this CD to her/his collection!

Etudes - Both North and South
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
by EILEEN SIEGEL and MICHAEL J. FRESSOLA
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE STAFF WRITERS

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Nothing can make a pianist's fingers ache more than listening to a virtuoso colleague dispatch one of Chopin's Etudes.

Most of these finger-busting studies are difficult taken one at a time. But imagine doing all 24 (from Op. 10 and 25) in one afternoon. Pianist Hsia-Jung Chang did just that at the Music at St. Alban's concert series Sunday in the Eltingville church.

Most "studies" are not really suitable concert fare, because they are generally uninteresting, meant solely to build up the pianist's fingers or emphasize a particular aspect of piano technique.

However, Chopin's etudes are another story. Considered by many to be the most "pianistic" of composers, Chopin, who composed most of these etudes when he was only 20, extended the limits of piano playing by creating a whole new palette of textures and techniques.

On each etude, Ms. Chang managed to make the technique seem effortless, while coaxing out the particular personality of each selection. In some cases, this is extremely difficult, as in Opus 25 No. 6, the famous "study in thirds" which takes a mechanical exercise and turns it into a work of art.

Similarly, No. 11, commonly called the "Winter Wind" because it has been compared to a storm's wintry blasts, requires not only power and endurance, but passion and lyricism.

There are times in these works where one can forget they are studies at all, as in Op. 10 No. 3, in E major. Chopin told one of his pupils that "he had never in his life written another such melody." Ms. Chang did justice to this lovely little gem.

After all those thirds, sixths, octaves, scales, runs, "revolutions," "winter winds," "butterflies," and poetry, she still had the energy to give a lovely rendition of a Schubert Impromptu as an encore.

The Spokesman Review
Symphony Review

Orchestra, Guest Pianist Shine Like Gold
Spokane Symphony Orchestra Sunday afternoon at The Met

Travis Rivers, Correspondent
January 9, 2006

The Spokane Symphony Orchestra celebrated Vienna's golden age on Sunday afternoon at The Met with fine performances of a dramatic overture by Beethoven, one of Mozart's masterful piano concertos and a symphony that can be described only as perky.

Morikiho Nakahara, the orchestra's associate conductor, led the performance.

Beethoven's popular overture to his otherwise little-known ballet "The Creatures of Prometheus" opened the program. From the startling sequence of abrupt chords that begin the work, Nakahara and the orchestra showed the large Met audience a work that sometimes looks backward to the balanced elegance of the classical age, then suddenly turns toward the grip of emotionality in the romantic.

Pianist Hsia-Jung Chang was soloist in Mozart's Concerto in C Major (K. 467), an astonishing masterpiece that happens to be a favorite of mine. Chang grew up in Spokane, and though she lives in New York, she frequently has performed solo recitals here. This was her first concert with the Spokane Symphony since 1984 when she was a Young Artist winner of the Spokane Festival, and a welcome return it proved to be.

Mozart fills the first movement and finale of this concerto with sparkling figuration designed specifically for his own fleet fingers. Chang's playing combined a fluent ease in Mozart's most difficult passages with an intense concentration that gave the concerto real vitality. Mozart left no written cadenzas for this work, so Chang improvised her own, which were explorations of the full range of the piano keyboard and witty comments on Mozart's themes.

One great Mozart scholar described the concerto's slow movement as "a dream andante" - a movement that seems to exist in a world of throbbing accompaniment, muted colors and melodies with wide intervals filled with longing. There is a kind of beautiful ache in the music that both Chang and Nakahara captured in Sunday's performance.

The finale featured quick exchanges between soloist and orchestra that resembled a series of volleys in a hard-fought game of tennis. Only funnier.

The 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth is just weeks away, and Sunday's performance was a splendid beginning to a year of celebration.

In his spoken program notes, Nakahara pointed out that on Sunday evening, Austrian television was to announce the result of DNA studies to determine whether the skull purported to be Mozart's really is his. Sad to report, the results were inconclusive. But the results of Mozart's genius definitely are authentic.

Schubert's Symphony No. 5 is something of a miracle for a lad of 19. It manages to evoke infectious energy even without the trumpets and drums that had long become standard symphonic instruments. Sunday's performance captured the youthful spirit of the work's fast movements and the lyricism of its andante.

If some in the audience thought it amiss that the orchestra failed to acknowledge Haydn as a star in Vienna's golden age, it was clear that Haydn, the musical jokester, was winking away at us from the pages of Schubert's finale.

The concert will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Met.
New York Concert Review Vol. 6 No.2
Hsia-Jung Chang, piano
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
February 20,1999


A piano recital of heartwarming distinction was offered by Hsia-Jung Chang.

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Two fascinating compositions featured in Ms. Chang's program. Wu Kui (1983) by Zhou Long evoked, for this fascinated listener, elements of Bartok ( his Allegro Barbaro and his 1926 Sonata), something of Ginastera, and a soupçon of Messiaen: "Wu Kui is a folk dance of north-east China. Wearing masks of five animals, the tiger, leopard, bear and roe deer, the dancers, usually hunters themselves, express their joy of work and life. The piano solo piece, presenting the original style using animated patterns rhythmically in the end parts and illusive gestures in the middle, won a prize at a Chinese National Piano Music Competition in 1983, Beijing." At one point, the pianist strums the strings with her hand.

The other piece, Fractured Skies (1998) by Yuzuru Sadashige was heard in a world premiere and was commissioned by Ms, Chang for this occasion. According to the program note, "the audience of this premiere is invited to compose this section of the program notes." The pianist displayed some miraculously deft, rapid trills. Ms. Chang's laser clarity and focus put me in mind of Peter Serkin's pianism at its best - high praise, indeed.

Just as memorable in its own way was the gifted young artist's interpretation of the potentially elusive and problematic Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946 of Schubert. It took only a few bars of the first stück in E-flat Minor to draw the listener's rapt attention with its deft acuity and finely honed impetuosity. She played it with exemplary rhythmic control, a never-wavering forward direction, and a quivering poetry. Ms. Chang perceptively savored the B major Trio section (which incidentally may have influenced Chopin in the analogous B major section of his Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49). And, wisely, she respected Schubert's wishes to omit a second, redundant Trio. She, likewise, moved the barcarolle-like Allegretto second piece along with delightful flow; and romped vigorously through the heady syncopations of the culminating Allegro third piece (which is actually far more Bohemian in style than echt-Wienerische).

If anything, Ms. Chang's integral performance of the four Chopin Ballades was even more mesmerizing in its unwavering clarity of structure and emotional concentration. All sorts of felicities were realized to the hilt: To cite just a few important details, she potently brought forth the clashing harmonic suspension in the opening measures of No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 23 and likewise savored the bass note buildups leading to both of the same work's big, sonorous climaxes. I was also fascinated by Ms, Chang's mobile, direct and uncluttered treatment of the lilting opening melody in Ballade No.2 in F Major, Op. 38 (or, as many justifiably insist, A Minor; the tonality of its ending). And so it went with the other two works of the quadumverate., No.3 in A flat, Op. 47 and No.4 in F minor, Op. 52, which cohered exquisitely without in any way brusquely ignoring lyrical potential. If any quibble must be voiced, Ms, Chang's sharply linear sonority might have profited from greater ringing weight in one or two of the big, expansive moments - but in most aspects, these were thrillingly revelatory and inspired rethinkings of four of Chopin's supreme masterpieces. Such clear-headedness and selfless honesty are exciting to encounter - all the more so since Chopin is so frequently mauled by "Tradition."

A brisk, unusually impetuous account of the Nocturne in F flat, Op. 9 No. 2 ended the afternoon appropriately and made this listener glad to have made the acquaintance of so interesting and formidably accomplished a musical personality. Hsia-Jung Chang is a distinctive and important new voice in the annals of pianism: I'll be watching her with keen anticipation.

- Harris Goldsmith
Frédéric Chopin - Complete Préludes
Hsia-Jung Chang [rebuilt 1907 Pleyel piano]
Mandala 02. Duration: 42:06

CD available at
www.cdbaby.com/chang2

The Préludes of Chopin are not an easy task to interpret. It has been done time and again, but a real fine rendition is scarce. This is why the new recording by young Taiwanese pianist Hsia-Jung Chang surprises. This is my first encounter with this lady, but I don't think it's the last.

I received this CD in the mail from New York (where the pianist lives) during a very difficult time in my life, during a period of restless and desolate separation from someone I really loved deeply, and had just met a few months earlier during a hike in the Lapland wilderness, but who, after a few months, was departing on a much longer hike, that would take her around the globe, via Tibet and Vietnam to an arborist job in New Zealand.

I found some rest and consolation in this music by Chopin, so sensitively and caressingly played by young Hsia-Jung Chang. I could not sleep, but I played this CD on my CD-player in the bedroom, on repeat, through the night, and felt some peace from it, from the beauty of tone and touch and composition, from the seamless flow of soaring emotions and shivers of light that Hsia-Jung Chang's playing emits.

There is a certain temporal phase shift in the atmosphere that the sound of the piano creates, too, because it is an old Pleyel piano from 1907, rebuilt and brought back from the decades. Chopin had, in his time, in fact dedicated these Préludes to piano maker Camille Pleyel!

On Hsia-Jung Chang's homepage you can listen to a New York radio interview with her, where she, among other things, explains how she one day walked in to a music store on 58th Street in Manhattan and found a restored Pleyel piano there. She sat down to play, and this is the very same piano that you can hear on these recordings of the Préludes.
The temporal ambiguity of course has to do with the nuances of this old instrument, but not only that. I think it may well have to do also with Hsia-Jung Chang's touch, her own personal atmosphere of artistry and musical honesty. I compare her more readily to yesterday's pianists, in a good sense, like Moriz Rosentahl, Ignaz Friedman or even Emil von Sauer, than to contemporary players. This is said in favor of Hsia-Jung Chang, and not in the least against her. In her playing of today she has been able to retain some of the best feelings and notions of the early 20th century pianism. She is the only one that I've heard so far who has had the courage and artistic values to enable her to do this.

Even the recording techniques in themselves amplify this impression of temporal uncertainty, i.e., do we hear a new recording or a very old one? That is because the piano isn't closely miked, but rather heard at a certain distance, the way early piano recordings often were done.

I recorded, myself, a young Estonian pianist - Dainis Valpeteris - in a large drawing room of a Swedish mansion in 2000, and managed to catch much the same atmosphere on an old Förster piano. Some of the feeling of age may therefore also stem from the recording space itself.

However it all came about, Hsia-Jung Chang's CD is unique to me, not only in that it has brought me some peace of mind and some consolation in a time of heartbreak, but also because I can stack it on the shelf alongside Josef Hoffman and Ignaz Friedman with a conviction of it's natural domiciliary rights up there!
It goes without saying that nothing is flawed in the pianist's technique, far from it. Instead I should stress that she executes these vulnerable pieces of Chopin with the ease of breathing; it's amazing and elating.

Anyone who can write a piece like Prélude 15 in D-flat Major knows about love, knows about sorrow and knows about reconciliation. Anyone who can play this masterwork like Hsia-Jung Chang has lived that love, suffered that sorrow - and gained that reconciliation.

One day when my heart has healed and I can truly rest again, I will listen to this CD with a deep feeling of gratitude in my heart, for it has been such a good companion in times of hardship.

- Ingvar Loco Nordin
Original text: Sonoloco [ Sweden-based ]
Hsia-Jung Chang CD Review
Chopin: Impromptus, Ballades, Berceuse


"...she frees Chopin from his reputation as a quintessentially Polish composer. Deliberately picking out the Spanish influences in the third Ballade, written after Chopin and his lover George Sand returned form Majorca, Chang evokes castanet rhythms and Mediterranean folk influences. Her literary interpretations too are fresh, breaking with tradition on the second Ballades, the F Major, Op. 38 which Robert Schumann had attributed to a poem but Chang sees instead as a lyric tale of a fisher maiden lost at sea. Appropriately, the album closes with the Berceuse, a dusky lullaby with variations on the nightingale's bedding-down song."

- Sheri Boggs
Hsia-Jung Chang CD Review
Chopin Complete Préludes


"All Frédéric Chopin Préludes are played immaculately on this CD by the brilliant young pianist Hsia-Jung Chang. They have been recorded in digital stereo on a rebuilt 1907 Pleyel piano, a make of instrument the composer is believed to have preferred for his music. Hsia-Jung Chang performs the works with great delicacy and refinement, allowing a wide spectrum of colour and moods to emerge in a way that appears effortless. Hsia-Jung Chang is currently based in New York City and has performed throughout the USA as well as in Scandinavia and Asia. She is active as soloist and chamber musician in addition to being a guest lecturer at the Manhattan School of Music and elsewhere. Her equally impressive recording of the complete Chopin Impromptus, Ballades, Berceuse is also available. For more information, visit the website at www.hsiajungchang.com."

- New Classics [ new-classics.co.uk ]
Hsia-Jung Chang interviewed by James Jacobs on the WNYE live radio show Call of the Mountain (11 July 2003).

It is an entertaining and wide-ranging discussion, with varied music selections by Chang and others.

  1. Good Morning
  2. Weather
  3. Happy B-day
  4. Chopin A-flat Impromptu
  5. Chopin's health
  6. F Ballade intro
  7. F Ballade
  8. CDbaby
  9. Narration to F Ballade
  10. HJ background
  11. Cucurucucu Paloma
  12. Ho Lan
  13. Ikaw
  14. Bahn Tsun Hong
  15. Home on the Range
  16. Pleyel project
  17. f-sharp Prelude Steinway
  18. f-sharp Prelude Pleyel
  19. Early vs. Modern instruments
  20. What documentary?