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'Janus' - Rachmaninov: Movements (3) from Bach's Violin Partita in E major; Bartok: Piano Sonata; Schumann: Arabeske, Op. 18; Chopin: Ballade no 1; Prokofiev: Sonata no 7 / Rajung Yang, piano

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite from the Violin Partita in E major
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Piano, Sz 80
>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Rajung Yang's prodigious and exuberant talents have been celebrated across the globe, from her native Korea where she earned degrees (BM and MM) at Seoul National University, to the US where she earned degrees (MM and DMA) at the University of Michigan and now serves on the faculty at the University of Idaho, along with concertizing internationally. In 2007, her career catapulted as she added the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition to her already-long list of awards, leading to her Carnegie Hall debut. A special affinity for the neo-primitive fire of Bartok and Prokofiev led Ms. Yang to envision a CD anchored by sonatas of these composers. Both works may be described as "new wine in old bottles" as Bartok and Prokofiev fiercely developed new ways to build harmony while retaining traditional architecture to build their forms. To complete this fascinatingly balanced recording, Rajung Yang offers four more works that also look both to the past and the future, like the title, Janus.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Yang's recital displays her vibrancy and artistry. Her Rachmaninoff is tasteful, clean, and clear and sounds almost like Bach himself. The lyrical 'O Cease Thy Singing' hits us with a drastic change. After the crispness of the Partita transcription, the liquid lyricism is very welcome. She adeptly delivers the bite and aggression in the bold Bartok sonata. The mood of II is pensive. Controlled yet eloquent, her rendering of Prokofieff's Sonata 7 is aggressive. This is an excellent recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (08/2012).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite from the Violin Partita in E major :: Prelude, Gavotte & Gigue, transcription for piano after J.
  • Performer: Rajung Yang (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1933.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4
  • Performer: Rajung Yang (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1890-93.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1893

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Piano, Sz 80
  • Performer: Rajung Yang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Rajung Yang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performer: Rajung Yang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
  • Performer: Rajung Yang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1942