Yuja Wang: Fantasia

DG’s star pianist offers up her favourite encores

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Alexander Scriabin, Christoph Gluck, Johann Strauss II, Sergey Rachmaninov, Fryderyk Chopin, Isaac Albéniz, Franz Schubert, Camille Saint-Saëns, Domenico Scarlatti, Joseph Horovitz, Paul (Abraham) Dukas

Genre:

Instrumental

Label: DG

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: 4790052

Yuja Wang: Fantasia

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(6) Preludes Yuja Wang
Alexander Scriabin Composer
Orfeo ed Euridice Christoph Gluck Composer
Yuja Wang
Tritsch-Tratsch Yuja Wang
Johann Strauss II Composer
(9) Etudes-tableaux Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Yuja Wang
(3) Waltzes Yuja Wang
Fryderyk Chopin Composer
(5) Morceaux de fantaisie Yuja Wang
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
(2) Poèmes Alexander Scriabin Composer
Yuja Wang
Iberia Isaac Albéniz Composer
Yuja Wang
(24) Preludes Yuja Wang
Alexander Scriabin Composer
Gretchen am Spinnrade Yuja Wang
Franz Schubert Composer
Danse macabre Yuja Wang
Camille Saint-Saëns Composer
Sonatas for Keyboard Nos. 1-555 Domenico Scarlatti Composer
Yuja Wang
(9) Etudes-tableaux Yuja Wang
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Variations on a theme from Bizet's Carmen Joseph Horovitz Composer
Yuja Wang
(12) Etudes Alexander Scriabin Composer
Yuja Wang
(9) Etudes-tableaux Yuja Wang
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
(24) Preludes Yuja Wang
Alexander Scriabin Composer
(L')Apprenti sorcier, '(The) Sorcerer's Apprentice Yuja Wang
Paul (Abraham) Dukas Composer
Yuja Wang’s ‘Fantasia’ may be a this-and-that recital (including lavish tributes to Horowitz and Cziffra, two of the 20th century’s ultra-virtuosos) but whatever dazzles and delights is here in super-abundance. Wang is clearly one of the major talents of our time and her playing throughout is of an astonishing verve, style and dexterity. Hear her in Rachmaninov’s A minor ‘Red Riding Hood’ Etude, Op 39 No 6, where, opening with a ferocious growl, she sets the stage for playing of extreme virtuosity. The E flat minor Etude from the same opus may seem speedy and lightweight when compared to Horowitz and Cliburn (at his most magisterial and heartfelt) and her way with Albéniz’s ‘Triana’ may not class her among the Spanish piano aristocracy (Alicia de Larrocha, Luis Fernando Pérez, Esteban Sánchez and Rafael Orozco) but her Scarlatti is a glory of brilliance and piquancy.

In Victor Staub’s arrangement of Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice she runs the legendary Argerich/Rabinovitch two-piano disc a close second and her selection of early Scriabin is wondrously fiery and poetic as required. In the Saint-Saëns-Horowitz Danse macabre Wang storms the heights and her playing is of an unquenchable virtuosity. She herself declares all these pieces to be among her most cherished encores, and she has been superbly recorded in them. And those who also buy recordings for such things will be enchanted by DG’s presentation: there are seven photographs of Yuja Wang.

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