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Fantasia: works for piano by Rachmaninov, Scarlatti, Gluck & Sgambati / Yuja Wang, piano

Audio Samples

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Etude-tableau, Op. 39
>     no 6 in A minor
>     no 4 in B minor
>     no 5 in E flat minor
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantasie, Op. 3
>     Élégie in E flat minor
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 455/L 209
>Sgambati, Giovanni : Melodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Gluck's Orphee ed Euridice)
>Albéniz, Isaac : Iberia, Book 2
>     Triana
>Horowitz, Vladimir : Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen"
>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
>Dukas, Paul : L'apprenti sorcier
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 13/6
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in G sharp minor, Op. 8/9
>Scriabin, Alexander : Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32
>Horowitz, Vladimir : Danse macabre, for piano (after Liszt transcription)

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Etude-tableau, Op. 39
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantasie, Op. 3
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 455/L 209
>Sgambati, Giovanni : Melodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Gluck's Orphee ed Euridice)
>Albéniz, Isaac : Iberia, Book 2
>Horowitz, Vladimir : Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen"
>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
>Dukas, Paul : L'apprenti sorcier
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 13/6
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in G sharp minor, Op. 8/9
>Scriabin, Alexander : Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32
>Horowitz, Vladimir : Danse macabre, for piano (after Liszt transcription)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Yuja Wang album that everyone has been waiting for wows with musical miniatures those 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.

"Wang's playing-style is more focused than flamboyant and she has a distinctive, deft technique that allows for an astonishing lightness of touch." -BBC Music Magazine

"Time and again Wang shows us why she’s become the world’s darling, whether shading dynamics poetically in a morsel of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, clarifying the multiple layers in Albéniz’s Triana, or romping with the preposterous glitter of Horowitz’s Carmen Variations." -The Times

Sunday Times
A disc of encores needs a compelling executant to justify itself, but this young pianist's technique is quietly transcendent, her musicianship zestful and profound. The sequence itself is satisfying.

Amazon UK
Yuja Wang has chosen a captivating programme on this disc and it makes for a very satisfying sequence. If there is a dominant note it is the Russian theme suggested by a number of Rachmaninov and Scriabin pieces in two blocks. They are brilliantly played; right from the opening chromatic runs you know you are in for something special, as she is able to nuance the dynamics in an amazing way for such a note-filled phrase. Virtuosity abounds in this recital - personally I love the arrangement of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and also Horowitz's scintillating take on Carmen, which I had previously only heard from Kissin's fingers, but Wang is able to dispatch it with just as much digital brilliance. Plus another Horowitz arrangement just in case we thought her playing was a fluke ... There's also a very yearning arrangement of Gluck's beguiling Melodie showing a superb control of tone - everything sounds so beautifully integrated. The cover photo is very effective in the context of the Fantasia title, and a number of other photos work as variations on a theme - for once this plethora of images seems justified by the imaginative concept. Her thick black wings suggest to me two enormous rusks, or a variant on the boa, and seem to vary in size. They hint at the 'demonic' aspect of her technique, as with Paganini, and are somehow playful in the best sense.

Express.co.uk
This selection of encores frequently requested at concerts by the 25-year-old Chinese pianist range from Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice to Vladimir Horowitz's transcription of Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns. Beautifully performed, this is the kind of music that leaves an audience wanting more.

BBC Music Magazine
Wang's playing-style is more focused than flamboyant and she has a distinctive, deft technique that allows for an astonishing lightness of touch...

All Music
Yuja Wang illustrates that good things do indeed come in small packages. She is an astoundingly talented young pianist, and her performance of the five very different and demanding works in this release shows it. Her first recital for DG was top-notch, too, but this one is outstanding and a must-have for anyone who loves the piano.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The Fantasia title for this release stems from the inclusion of Victor Staub's transcription of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice. Bringing off this complex orchestral score at the requisite tempos with only 10 fingers is quite an accomplishment. Cziffra's arrangement of the Strauss Polka is new to me, but exactly what I expected: brilliant, showy, and a lot of fun! Of course the Carmen Variations was an encore staple of Horowitz for decades. Wang gives it a reverent performance, almost too subtle until the obligatory accelerando to the mad dash finish that would surely have brought a smile to the old master's face.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio, Berlin (12/2011).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Étude-tableau, Op. 39 :: no 6 in A minor
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Étude-tableau, Op. 39 :: no 4 in B minor
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantasie, Op. 3 :: Élégie in E flat minor
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Étude-tableau, Op. 39 :: no 5 in E flat minor
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 455/L 209
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Sgambati, Giovanni : Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Gluck's Orphee ed Euridice)
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Iberia, Book 2 :: Triana
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1909

>Horowitz, Vladimir : Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen"
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/19/1814

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Dukas, Paul : L'apprenti sorcier
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 13/6
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in G sharp minor, Op. 8/9
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Horowitz, Vladimir : Danse macabre, for piano (after Liszt transcription)
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941