A different breed of pianist altogether, Christian Ihle Hadland has made his mark with an exceptional artistic and pianistic gift. His solo debut on CD celebrates two of the most outstanding poetic and virtuoso composers of 17th century piano music: Chopin and Schumann.
Transcendence in the romantic piano writing
A number of daring composer-pianists, above all Liszt, Chopin and Schumann, vastly extended the boundaries of piano technique. Even works apparently intended for the development of the player’s technical capacities, such as keyboard studies, revealed artistic qualities and expressive content that became their primary rather than secondary purpose.
Perhaps not too well known?
In selecting the repertoire for his debut album, Christian Ihle Hadland wanted to focus on works by Chopin and Schumann that may not be in the constant spotlight, but still have tremendous qualities. Some of the most elegant melodies of Chopin can be found in his Impromptus. The Waldszenen of Schumann explore a profound strain of German romanticism, a fantasy-world of inns and hunters, lonely flowers, prophetic birds, shadowed valleys and haunted thickets.
Christian Ihle Hadland
Christian Ihle Hadland (b. 1983 Stavanger) is considered among the foremost Norwegian pianists today. He has studied with Professor Jiri Hlinka, among others. A sought after soloist and chamber musician, Christian is opening the Oslo Philharmonic Season 2010/11, as well as touring Japan and China. Starting 2010 he is Artistic Director of the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival together with Martin Fröst.