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Quynh Nguyen

Paul Chihara, Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orch.

Release Date: January 26, 2024

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1 Paul Chihara: Concerto-Fantasy / I. Dolce Cantabile - Allegro - 05:31  
2 II. Interlude  
3 III. Scherzo  
4 IV. Finale  
5 Bagatelles (Twice Seven Haiku for Piano) / Part I: No. 1. Like falling leaves  
6 Part I No. 2. Drinking song for kittens  
7 Part I No. 3. Fleeting fireflies, Seldom seen in reflection, After the rainstorm  
8 Part I No. 4. Frankie and Annie  
9 Part I No. 5. Bon odori  
10 Part I No. 6. Misty fugue  
11 Part I No. 7. Hip hop farmer  
12 Part II No. 8. Hommage aux trois B's (Bach, Brahms, Bolcom)  
13 Part II No. 9. ZW (Zigeunerweisen)  
14 Part II No. 10. Summer nights  
15 Part II No. 11. La Valse des Chatons  
16 Part II No. 12. Kleine Toccata  
17 Part II No. 13. Für Carol  
18 Part II No. 14. Like rising mist  
19 4 Reveries on Beethoven (2021 version) / No. 1. RAG 109  
20 No. 2. Pastorale  
21 No. 3. Storm  
22 No. 4. Sayonara  
23 Ami / I. Hotaru (Fireflies)  
24 II. Love Song  
25 III. Pascal Rag  
26 IV. Aka Tombo (Red Dragonfly) (arr. of Kosaku Yamada's song)  
27 V. Finale  
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Award-winning Vietnamese American pianist Quynh Nguyen’s (pron. Quin Nwen) recording, Paul Chihara Complete Piano Works is now available on the Naxos American Classics label (8.559894). The album features four works for piano, including Chihara’s Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra* (2019-21), recorded with Stephen Barlow conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, Bagatelles (Twice Seven Haiku for Piano) (2010, rev. 2011), Four Reveries on Beethoven for piano* (2021 version) and Ami for piano four hands (2008) performed by Nguyen with guest artist Rieko Aizawa. *world premiere recording

Says Nguyen: “I am delighted and honored to record the complete piano works of Paul Chihara. This world premiere recording is the culmination of a three-year collaboration with the composer to interpret the richly multifaceted styles present in his compositions, especially the Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra which he wrote for me. The piece is virtuosic and intensely melodic with French and Eastern harmonies and jazz-tinged sections and phrases reminiscent of Russian classical works. These elements are juxtaposed within the story, reflecting my personal journey of studying music in Vietnam, Russia, France, Germany, and the United States, and how their diverse cultures have shaped my life.”  

The world premiere of Chihara's Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra took place October 2022 with the Vietnamese National Symphony under the baton of conductor Honna Tetsuji at the Hanoi Opera House. The concert commemorated the normalization of US-Vietnam diplomatic relations. She will perform the American premiere with the Seattle Symphony in January of 2024.

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