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American Piano Concertos - Works by Gershwin, Copland & Barber / Xiayin Wang, piano

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
>Copland, Aaron : Concerto for Piano
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The three works on this disc offer a fascinating insight into the varying attitudes of 20th century American composes to the musical traditions of both Europe and their homeland. Accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian, Xiayin Wang plays concertos by the American composers George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The opening of the Copland is a dreamwalk through the morning mist. II is incisive and joking at the same time; and when the swinging starts, it's still intense. She takes no prisoners in the Gershwin I, treating it as important art. III is perfectly balanced between jitteriness and cool detachment. This album is a keeper. The soundstage is spacious. The low and middle ranges are rich, and the top is present.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
You only have to hear the soloist's first entry [in the Barber] to know that in Xiayin Wang you have a virtuoso with all the power and pizzazz to encompass the work's demands - and more...This is a fine detailed and stylish account of [the Gershwin] that can sit confidently among the best.

The Arts Desk, 9th November 2013
All highly enjoyable - the Copland and Gershwin works receive performances as good as any around, and the Barber remains a fascinating curio.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2013-02-11&2013-04-29_2013-).



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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
  • Performer: Xiayin Wang (Piano)
  • Conductor: Peter Oundjian
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (04/29/2013-04/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1962

>Copland, Aaron : Concerto for Piano
  • Performer: Xiayin Wang (Piano)
  • Conductor: Peter Oundjian
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (04/29/2013-04/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
  • Performer: Xiayin Wang (Piano)
  • Conductor: Peter Oundjian
  • Running Time: 31 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925