Transformation

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BRAHMS / RAVEL / SCARLATTI / STRAVINSKY
Transformation
Yuja Wang (piano)

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 20 May 2010

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"Wang makes light of even the fiercest complexity...she has a dazzling way of lightening even the heaviest textures so that her entire performance gleams with an astonishing brilliance and verve" Gramophone Magazine: Disc of the Month - July 2010

"Wang makes light of even the fiercest complexity...she has a dazzling way of lightening even the heaviest textures so that her entire performance gleams with an astonishing brilliance and verve....you will find her as musically beguiling as she is breathtakingly fleet." Gramophone Magazine: Disc of the Month - July 2010

"The brilliant Chinese pianist dazzles with more than technical panache. She understands what she plays; she's sensitive and has poise. She's also a clever programme builder, successfully mixing shape-shifting works by Stravinsky, Brahms and Ravel with two Scarlatti sonatas." The Times, 29th May 2010 ****

On the heels of her impressive Deutsche Grammophon debut recital album, pianist Yuja Wang's return recording for the label - Transformation - categorically demonstrates that she is a young master of the Steinway.

Her new album excites with a demanding recital that includes some of the most electrifying pieces of piano literature - Stravinsky's Pétrouchka, Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Scarlatti's Sonatas in E and B minor, and Ravel's La Valse.

Yuja Wang's ability to take her music by storm is tempered by a sophisticated musicality that never distorts the line.

Transformation highlights Yuja Wang's penchant for piecing together high concept programs the public adores. As The New York Times observes, "She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder, and interpretive nuance."

Tracks:

Brahms:
Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35

Ravel:
La Valse
(Transcribed for piano solo by the composer)

Scarlatti, D:
Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major
Keyboard Sonata K466 in F minor

Stravinsky:
Three Movements from Petrushka
(Transcribed for piano solo by the composer)