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Solo Piano - Released November 23, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik - 5 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released April 8, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released March 1, 2012 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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While the outer appearance of Yuja Wang's Fantasia might make it appear to be an album of mysterious, delicate, or fanciful piano music, it is actually a high-powered collection of showstoppers that have been favorites of this pianist for many years. Wang's experience shows, too, because these are assured and dynamic performances that demonstrate her thorough knowledge of the music, her great physical prowess, and her impressive technical chops. She obviously enjoys taking on three of Rachmaninov's challenging Études-Tableaux and Horowitz's ferociously difficult Carmen Variations, and she makes the Liszt-Horowitz transcription of Saint-Saëns' Danse macabre an encore to beat all encores. But not everything is programmed for showing off, because Wang plays with considerable restraint and taste in the Scarlatti Sonata in G major, K. 455, and the Mélodie from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and her most expressive and compelling playing is on display in the selections by Alexander Scriabin, evidently one of her favorite composers. With Deutsche Grammophon's exceptional reproduction, Wang presents the music with a wide dynamic range, which ranges from the soft magical passages of the Schubert-Liszt Gretchen am Spinnrade to the steadily building crescendo of Dukas' L'apprenti sorcier, so this is an impressive demonstration of what she can do at the keyboard.
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Classical - Released May 14, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released April 8, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released November 23, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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The Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has gone beyond dazzling technique and wardrobe controversies to a point where she can issue an album with a grand title like The Berlin Recital and back it up with entirely compelling playing. Compared with other top pianists, Wang's repertory is rather circumscribed: she keeps returning to the same composers from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, and, save Liszt, most of them are represented here. But within this field, which does not lack for recorded versions, Wang manages to seriously excel. She devotes the first third of the program to Rachmaninov, whose fusion of extreme virtuosity and subtle detail suits her magnificently: one can imagine that the composer himself, whose teaching and presence extended into the memory of today's older pianists, would indeed have loved her. Sample one of the Etudes-Tableaux, where there is just not a detail where Wang is not in complete control. But she is also in control of the long line, both in the difficult unchanging rhythm of the finale of Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84, and in the layout of the whole program, which proceeds from the Romantic world of Rachmaninov into Scriabin and Ligeti, psychological and abstract respectively, and onward to Prokofiev, entirely a product of the modern world. With excellent sound from Deutsche Grammophon that gives a sense of Wang's towering presence, this is indeed a rare and lasting pleasure.
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Classical - Released October 26, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2011 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

With the vast plenitude of recordings of Sergey Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, one has to wonder why Yuja Wang and Claudio Abbado chose these blockbusters for her first album with an orchestra. There are many possible reasons, including the composer's instant name recognition, the performers' preference for the music, and the obvious potential for Wang's career advancement. But the most apparent one is that the Mahler Chamber Orchestra is the right ensemble to accompany her in these pieces, and the combination is surprisingly good. In the concerto, Wang's delicate and refined playing might have been obscured by Rachmaninov's thick mid-range scoring, and a large orchestra would have made recording her extremely difficult, if not utterly pointless. But Wang is perfectly audible with scaled-down forces, so the concerto works brilliantly in this case. The Rhapsody is a more skillfully wrought composition, and it offers more transparent orchestral writing. Here, Wang's performance with the orchestra almost has the intimate feeling and clarity of chamber music, and everything sounds fantastic. Abbado certainly knows how to balance the sound of the orchestra to complement Wang, and the partnership between conductor and soloist works well to show the music to best advantage. For listeners who have found Rachmaninov's music to be a bit opaque, this CD is worth hearing, especially for the open textures of the Rhapsody.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics