Sa Chen – Plays album released in 2009 by Pentatone Records. Sa Chen is a musician of the first-rank, one who combines a flawless technique with an innate musicality. She presents 6 Etudes in all, drawn from Opp.33 and 39, and throughout, her playing is marked by a delicacy of shading with never a moment of bravura for its own sake.
On this album, the Pictures are performed in their original piano version and the Night in Rimsky-Korsakov’s version, but transcribed for piano by Konstantin N. Chernov. The piano transcription is as difficult as it sounds, and Sa Chen approaches the music with a splendid panache. Sa Chen captures them all effortlessly, thereby bringing to a close this most satisfying DSD recording.
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