Vibrant
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A magnificently performed program of piano works, highlighted by Schumann's Carnaval.

Pianist Kyra Zhao says that "Vibrant, just like the title sounds, is a colorful excursion taking the listener's ear on a journey from the dreamy seashore to the roaring thunder and from intimate friendship encounters to triumphant marches." The works by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Schumann are essential repertoire of the Romantic to the early 20th century era. Hailed by New York Concert Review as "A born performer" pianist Kyra Xuerong Zhao has achieved an international reputation in many countries as a concert pianist. She won top prizes at the Seattle International Piano Competition, Rome Chopin International Piano Competition, and the Quebec International Music Awards, among many others. She has performed recitals, concertos, and chamber concerts in the most prestigious halls in the world. A graduate of Boston University, Yale, and the Mannes School of Music, she is currently on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music Pre-College.
Contents:
Sergei Rachmaninoff, composer
Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33: No. 8 in G Minor
Kyra Xuerong Zhao (piano)

Sergei Rachmaninoff, composer
Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33: No. 9 in C-Sharp Minor
Kyra Xuerong Zhao (piano)

Alexander Scriabin, composer
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19
Kyra Xuerong Zhao (piano)

Sergei Rachmaninoff, composer
Six Moments musicaux, Op. 16: No. 4
Kyra Xuerong Zhao (piano)

Alexander Scriabin, composer
24 Preludes for Piano, Op. 11: No. 11
Kyra Xuerong Zhao (piano)

Robert Schumann, composer
Carnaval, Op. 9
Kyra Xuerong Zhao (piano)

Review:
“Kyra Xuerong Zhao is a terrific pianist, musically intelligent, sensitive and endowed with a wonderful technique.”(Colin Clarke (Fanfare)

“Kyra meets every test head-on with confidence, flawless execution, beauty of tone, and an emotional sensitivity that finds just the right balance in each piece between bravura and poetry. I hope to hear much more from this exceptionally talented artist, and recommend this, her debut recording, without reservation.” (Jerry Dubins - Fanfare)