Fantasia

Wang Yuja

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Fantasia

Wang Yuja

Catalogue # 4790052

ABC Classic FM CD of the Week: 8th April 2012

The Yuja Wang album that everyone has been waiting for wows with musical miniatures that are short, sweet, and huge in impact. These encore pieces by Scriabin, Gluck, Rachmaninov, Chopin and others will enthrall Yuja Wang’s fans with challenging technical demands and the bravura precision of her execution. The variety of styles – which includes neo-Classical, Impressionist, Romantic, jazz - in addition to the quality of the arrangements of pieces that are adaptations, provides a welcome and yet unique listening experience.

Albéniz: Triana (from Iberia, book 2)

Chopin: Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice arranged by Victor Staub

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice: Mélodie arranged by Sgambati

Horovitz: Variations On A Theme From Bizet’s Carmen

Rachmaninov: Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 6 in A minor
Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 4 in B minor
Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1
Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor

Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40 arranged by Franz Liszt & Vladimir Horowitz

Scarlatti, D: Keyboard Sonata K455 in G major

Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118 arranged by Franz Liszt

Scriabin: Prelude, Op. 11 No. 11 in B major
Prelude, Op. 13 No. 6 in B minor
Prelude, Op. 11 No. 12 in G sharp minor
Étude Op. 8 No. 9 in G sharp minor
Poème in F sharp major, Op. 32 No. 1

Strauss, J, II: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
arranged by György Cziffra

Review

I feel like encores are the flavour at the moment. There are lots of albums coming out from all over the place featuring favourite encores of particular performers. It’s a great way to have a peak into the mind of the musician as these works are something that’s close to them, that they can pull out of their back pocket when need be. Yuja Wang is rocketing to world domination of the piano through her exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording contract and this album is a credit to her. Although featuring usual array of Etudes, Preludes and Waltzes, this also has a delightful rendition of Dukas' Sorcerers Apprentice, Gluck’s Orfeo, Bizet’s Carmen and more.

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