Fantasia

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947900528
  • Catalog Number: 001660602
  • Sales rank: 21,440

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Danse macabre, for piano (after Liszt transcription) - Vladimir Horowitz & Vladimir Horowitz (7:51)
  2. 2 Poème for piano in F sharp major, Op. 32/1 - Alexander Scriabin & Merle Kersten (3:22)
  3. 3 Etude for piano in G sharp minor, Op. 8/9 - Alexander Scriabin & Merle Kersten (4:30)
  4. 4 Prelude for piano in G sharp minor, Op. 11/12 - Alexander Scriabin & Merle Kersten (1:30)
  5. 5 Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 13/6 - Alexander Scriabin & Merle Kersten (1:17)
  6. 6 Prelude for piano in B major, Op. 11/11 - Alexander Scriabin & Merle Kersten (1:31)
  7. 7 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), symphonic scherzo for orchestra - Paul Dukas & Victor Staub (9:49)
  8. 8 Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (3:49)
  9. 9 Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (Chit-Chat Polka), for orchestra, Op. 214 (RV 214) - Johann Strauss II & György Cziffra (3:20)
  10. 10 Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2) - Franz Liszt & Franz Schubert (3:35)
  11. 11 Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen", for piano - Vladimir Horowitz & Merle Kersten (3:39)
  12. 12 Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 2: Triana - Isaac Albéniz & Merle Kersten (5:25)
  13. 13 Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Gluck's Orphee ed Euridice) - Giovanni Sgambati & Merle Kersten (3:01)
  14. 14 Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 455 (L. 209) - Domenico Scarlatti & Merle Kersten (1:44)
  15. 15 Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 5 in E flat minor - Sergey Rachmaninov & Merle Kersten (4:36)
  16. 16 Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: Élégie in E flat minor - Sergey Rachmaninov & Merle Kersten (4:44)
  17. 17 Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 4 in B minor - Sergey Rachmaninov & Merle Kersten (2:30)
  18. 18 Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 39: No. 6 in A minor - Sergey Rachmaninov & Merle Kersten (2:31)
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Yuja Wang Primary Artist
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