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Twenty-four year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja’s command of the piano has been described as “astounding” and “superhuman,” and she has been praised for ... Read more in Amazon's Yuja Wang Store

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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B006WXW098
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1. Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Op.39 - No.6 in A minor
2. Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Op.39 - No.4 in B minor
3. Rachmaninov: Elegie in E flat minor, Op.3, No.1 - Elegie in E flat minor, Op.3, No.1
4. Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Op.39 - No.5 in E flat minor
5. D. Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, KK.455
6. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
7. Albéniz: Iberia - for piano solo / Book 2 - 6. Triana
8. Horowitz: Variations On A Theme From G. Bizet's Carmen"
9. Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade, D.118 - arranged by Franz Liszt - Gretchen am Spinnrad, D 118 - arranged by Franz Liszt
10. J. Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op.214 - arranged by György Cziffra - Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op.214 - arranged by György Cziffra
11. Chopin: Waltz No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.64 No.2 - Tempo giusto
12. Dukas: L'apprenti sorcier - Arranged By Victor Staub
13. Scriabin: 24 Preludes for piano, Op.11 - No. 11 in B
14. Scriabin: 6 Preludes, Op. 13 - No. 6 in B minor
15. Scriabin: 24 Preludes for piano, Op.11 - No. 12 in G sharp minor
16. Scriabin: 12 Etudes for piano, Op.8 - No. 9 in C sharp minor
17. Scriabin: 2 Poèmes, Op.32 - 1. Poème in F sharp
18. Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op.40 - arranged by Franz Liszt & Vladimir Horowitz - Danse macabre, Op.40 - arranged by Franz Liszt & Vladimir Horowitz

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 May 2012
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This well recorded disc from 2011 joins the growing discography of this outstanding young pianist.

Yuja Wang, on this disc, plays a wide range of her favourite encores. Suffice it to say that these performances are spectacular or sensitive as appropriate and that none of the spontaneity of her many live performances has been lost in these studio versions. This set of encores differs in intent from many others such collections of encores. To understand why, the following quote from Yuja Wang herself may help to explain:

An encore, as described by Yuja,is 'something that is both ephemeral and truthful. It's a temporary mood, reciprocated by the audience. They're pieces I've played for so long that they've become a part of me. It's a king of record of how my heart is feeling at the moment...... People assume that an encore is something showy, but, for me, it's a little moment of tenderness from the heart.'

The primary intention of this disc is therefore, the sharing of the joy of the moment of creation rather than any intentional delight of showmanship. Nevertheless it is also true to say that showmanship is inevitable as a consequence of many of the pieces played in the program. Many the pieces could be described in this way and particular favourites will be chosen according to individual listeners' personal preferences.

To give some sort of idea of the variety and range of the pieces and playing presented here, the Tritsch-Tratsch Polka is an especial joy as it was so much better recorded than the U-Tube alternative. The Carmen and Danse Macabre have all the sparkle and devilry associated with the arranger, Horowitz.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 April 2012
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Yuja Wang has chosen a captivating programme on this disc and it makes for a very satisfying sequence. If there is a dominant note it is the Russian theme suggested by a number of Rachmaninov and Scriabin pieces in two blocks. They are brilliantly played; right from the opening chromatic runs you know you are in for something special, as she is able to nuance the dynamics in an amazing way for such a note-filled phrase. Virtuosity abounds in this recital - personally I love the arrangement of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and also Horowitz's scintillating take on Carmen, which I had previously only heard from Kissin's fingers, but Wang is able to dispatch it with just as much digital brilliance. Plus another Horowitz arrangement just in case we thought her playing was a fluke ... There's also a very yearning arrangement of Gluck's beguiling Melodie showing a superb control of tone - everything sounds so beautifully integrated. The cover photo is very effective in the context of the Fantasia title, and a number of other photos work as variations on a theme - for once this plethora of images seems justified by the imaginative concept. Her thick black wings suggest to me two enormous rusks, or a variant on the boa, and seem to vary in size. They hint at the 'demonic' aspect of her technique, as with Paganini, and are somehow playful in the best sense.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell Wren on 30 Jun. 2014
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Fantasia represents Ms Wang's fouth recording for DG, and features enocore pieces and arrangements by some of her inspirations (Horowitz, Cziffra).

To my ear, the Scriabin pieces are the standouts on this well engineered album.
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By P TATNER on 16 April 2015
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Superb performances...... !
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AS on 26 Jun. 2013
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I got this cd as it was recommended to me. great pianist, great music. i would recommend them to all who are interested classical music and want something slightly challenging but very listenable.
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