Fantasia

Fantasia

by Yuja Wang
     
 

While the outer appearance of Yuja Wang's Fantasia might make it appear to be an album of mysterious, delicate, or fanciful piano music, it is actually a high-powered collection of showstoppers that have been favorites of this pianist for many years. Wang's experience shows, too, because these are assured and dynamic performances that demonstrate her thoroughSee more details below

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While the outer appearance of Yuja Wang's Fantasia might make it appear to be an album of mysterious, delicate, or fanciful piano music, it is actually a high-powered collection of showstoppers that have been favorites of this pianist for many years. Wang's experience shows, too, because these are assured and dynamic performances that demonstrate her thorough knowledge of the music, her great physical prowess, and her impressive technical chops. She obviously enjoys taking on three of Rachmaninov's challenging "Études-Tableaux" and Horowitz's ferociously difficult "Carmen Variations," and she makes the Liszt-Horowitz transcription of Saint-Saëns' "Danse macabre" an encore to beat all encores. But not everything is programmed for showing off, because Wang plays with considerable restraint and taste in the Scarlatti "Sonata in G major, K. 455," and the Mélodie from Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice," and her most expressive and compelling playing is on display in the selections by Alexander Scriabin, evidently one of her favorite composers. With Deutsche Grammophon's exceptional reproduction, Wang presents the music with a wide dynamic range, which ranges from the soft magical passages of the Schubert-Liszt "Gretchen am Spinnrade" to the steadily building crescendo of Dukas' "L'apprenti sorcier," so this is an impressive demonstration of what she can do at the keyboard.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947900528
catalogNumber:
001660602
Rank:
7730

Tracks

  1. Danse macabre, for piano (after Liszt transcription)  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Franz Liszt  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  2. Poème for piano in F sharp major, Op. 32/1  - Alexander Scriabin  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  3. Etude for piano in G sharp minor, Op. 8/9  - Alexander Scriabin  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  4. Prelude for piano in G sharp minor, Op. 11/12  - Alexander Scriabin  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  5. Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 13/6  - Alexander Scriabin  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  6. Prelude for piano in B major, Op. 11/11  - Alexander Scriabin  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  7. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), symphonic scherzo for orchestra  - Paul Dukas  - Victor Staub  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  8. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213  - Frédéric Chopin  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  9. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (Chit-Chat Polka), for orchestra, Op. 214 (RV 214)  - György Cziffra  - Johann Strauss  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  10. Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2)  - Franz Schubert  - Franz Liszt  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  11. Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen", for piano  - Vladimir Horowitz  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  12. Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 2: Triana  - Isaac Albéniz  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  13. Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Gluck's Orphee ed Euridice)  - Giovanni Sgambati  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  14. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 455 (L. 209)  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  15. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 5 in E flat minor  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  16. Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: Élégie in E flat minor  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  17. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 4 in B minor  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura
  18. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 6 in A minor  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Merle Kersten  - Merle Kersten  - Yuja Wang  - Alexander Buhr  - Christian Badzura

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Yuja Wang   Primary Artist

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