Many of classical music’s most respected pianists will travel across the US this spring giving recitals and concerts. Deutsche Grammophon and Decca exclusive recording artists Maurizio Pollini, Yuja Wang and Jean-Yves Thibaudet all release new CDs in addition to their many performances.
Few pianists reach the legendary status that Maurizio Pollini has already attained. Since taking First Prize at the 1960 International Chopin Competition, Pollini has spent the last 50 years giving recitals and concerts around the world while creating an invaluable recorded legacy with Deutsche Grammophon. This spring, Pollini returns to the US with all-Chopin recitals in Chicago, New York, Boston and Norfolk. To celebrate, the pianist has hand-picked his favorite Chopin recordings for a compilation, available April 6. The CD includes Etudes for Piano; Waltzes (3) for Piano, op. 34; Ballade for Piano no. 4 in F minor, op. 52; a selection of Polonaises and more.
Whereas Pollini is an established fixture in the world of classical piano, Yuja Wang is emerging as a bright new talent. Yuja, who signed with Deutsche Grammophon based on her love of Pollini’s recordings, offers her second recital disc, Transformation, available April 13. Her debut solo recital disc was nominated for a Grammy, and this follow-up recital is sure to impress. Including Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Ravel’s La Valse and two Scarlatti Sonatas, this virtuosic program displays the many tones and colors Yuja can draw out of the piano. Yuja will tour extensively this spring, both with orchestra and in solo recital.
French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is known for his sparkling virtuosity and unique touch with French piano music, but for his upcoming Decca release (available April 27) he turns to American composer George Gershwin. In collaboration with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Thibaudet performs the original jazz band arrangements of Rhapsody in Blue and the Piano Concerto along with Gershwin’s own arrangement of Variations on “I Got Rhythm”.