Yuja Wang: Berlin Recital - Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti & Prokofiev

Release Date: 11/30/2018
Catalog Number: B002933902
Performer: Yuja Wang
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Yuja Wang’s philosophy of music is both simple and profoundly complex. “I want to relate all life to music,” she recently told veteran British critic Fiona Maddocks. The Beijing-born pianist’s latest album for Deutsche Grammophon captures the white heat of solo works by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin, and Ligeti, a trio of Russians together with one of the late 20th-century’s greatest composers. The Berlin Recital was recorded live this summer at the Berlin Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal during Yuja’s extensive solo tour of North America and Europe. The Yellow Label also recorded her sublime series of Berlin encore pieces to form a separate EP, which spans everything from the riffs and roulades of Nikolai Kapustin’s jazz-tinged Toccatina to Earl Wild’s sonorous transcription of the Pas de Quatre from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

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REVIEW:

In the first of the two Rachmaninov C minor Études-tableaux she is as tempestuous and temperamental as the music demands: some might even say more than it demands. But she never loses her head, and her colors are original without being wilful. In Scriabin's Tenth Sonata she moves smoothly between feathery, evocative touches and maximum eruptive volatility. In the Ligeti she offers a tour de force of quasi-orchestral detail. Anyone hitherto more put off than drawn in by Yuja Wang’s glamorous image may have to do some rethinking in the light of this recital. Fabulous piano sound, too.

– Gramophone

Works on This Recording
1. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 1 in C minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1916-1917 ; Russia
2. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901 ; Russia
3. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 3 in C minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911 ; Russia
4. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 10 in B minor, Lento by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1910 ; Russia
5. Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; Russia
6. Etudes (6) for Piano, Book 1: no 3, Touches bloquées by György Ligeti
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1985 ; Berlin, Germany
7. Etudes (8) for Piano, Book 2: no 9, Vertige by György Ligeti
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988-1993 ;
8. Etudes (6) for Piano, Book 1: no 1, Désordre by György Ligeti
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1985 ; Berlin, Germany
9. Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major, Op. 84 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939-1944 ; USSR
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