Joyce Yang (the 2005 Van Cliburn Competition Silver Medalist) opens her second Avie release with two gorgeously shaded Earl Wild transcriptions of Rachmaninov songs, then illuminates the Impressionistic underside of a selection from Hindemith’s
In einer Nacht. Her Bartók
Out of Doors suite isn’t quite so characterful as that of 2013 Cliburn Silver winner Beatrice Rana, while Schumann’s
Fantasiestücke come off best in the quick and vehement movements. Conversely, a lovely and floating Lento proves the high point of Yang’s Rachmaninov Second Sonata (the 1931 revision), bridging well-played yet slightly matter-of-fact outer movements that won’t displace higher-voltage competitors.