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Music Interview: Frederic Chiu Performs Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 5 And 7

photo by Chris Craymer

Internationationally acclaimed pianist Frederic Chiu has performed transcriptions of orchestral works for his whole career, but he says there's nothing like the transcriptions Franz Liszt made of Beethoven's symphonies.

Frederic has just released an album of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, as transcribed by Liszt. As he told Kate Remington, these transcriptions are the closest record we have of a recording of Beethoven himself.

Frederic will be performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in a free concert at the Westport Library on March 5, 2020, in conjunction with Beechwood Arts' Do or Die season.

If you'd like to learn more about how Frederic approached his performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, check out Frederic's master class on the work, produced in collaboration with the International Liszt Competition:


Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kate Remington joined WSHU in December of 2000, and she's been WSHU's Music Director since 2002.