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Posted August 12, 2011
Xiayin Wang's credentials and experience, described in the booklet accompanying the CD "Enchanted Garden", alert us to the treat of hearing her beautiful control and rounded sounds; then the performance lifts us to an adventure on a flying carpet of melodic fantasy. Her technical prowess and elegant performance live up to the praise in the booklet text. Composer Richard Danielpour explains well the twelve preludes, making sense of their titles. The descriptions provide a basis for understanding themes based on his personal dreams. These "experiences and memories" are captured in five Preludes in Book 1 from 1992 and seven Preludes in Book 2 from 2009. Danielpour has a rich career in many musical venues and his own following in the world of performance. The playlist, performer, and composer are listed in Chinese on the Media Player; fortunately the jacket is in English. Are there so many Chinese readers in the American market that this is the preferred way of listing the preludes? It is especially puzzling since the disc was supposedly made in Canada and put together in the U.S.--with an American flag as background. The Arabic numerals correspond to the items within each Book, not the numbers of the tracks. Anything less would have English speakers numbering the preludes as they listen. While some selections are peaceful and others are gritty, Item #2 in Book 1 and #4 of Book 2 are especially appealing---Ms. Wang really takes us to ragtime and the Gershwin world! She understands the music completely, and shares that appreciation with the audience. "The Enchanted Garden" is a welcome addition to the collection of modern piano music, and displays the skills of both Danielpour and Wang.
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Posted April 25, 2011
This was another brilliant performance by Xiayin Wang. Her precision is absolutely uncanny. Coupled with the intricacies of Danielpour work, she truly shines in this recording.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.