Frederic Chiu

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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.

Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, but surprisingly, Prokofiev created an alternative happy ending for his ballet version. Frederic Chiu will finally realize his 25-year dream to present this happy ending by giving audience members a chance to decide the fates of the star-crossed lovers in two performances at Drexel University in Philadelphia on November 17th and 18th. 

This morning Frederic Chiu re-creates Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with a transcription by Franz Liszt.  

Pianist Frederic Chiu never imagined that his dream to record the haunting music of early 20th century spiritual teacher George Gurdjieff and his disciple Thomas de Hartmann would evolve into a 17-year project, requiring so many years for just the right alignment of artistry and technology. Kate Remington talks with Chiu about how his new recording, "Hymns and Dervishes," finally got released.