Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yuja Wang's Fantasia out on Deutsche Grammophon April 10th

Grammy-nominated pianist’s fourth album for DG full of musical miniatures that are short, sweet and huge on impact

On April 10th, Deutsche Grammophon releases pianist Yuja Wang’s fourth album, a release featuring small, solo works and encores. Fantasia follows her Grammy-nominated Rachmaninov album with Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. The album is a stunning variety of works by Scriabin, Schubert/Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Albéniz, Saint-Saëns/Horowitz, Strauss/Cziffra, Dukas/Staub/Wang, Prokofiev, Scarlatti, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Art Tatum.

After the heavier Transformation album (with works by Stravinsky, Scarlatti, Brahms and Ravel) and acclaimed Rachmaninov recordings, Yuja and Deutsche Grammophon agreed on this program of miniatures, a project of a radically different nature. “I love all the pieces here,” Yuja explains. “With these miniatures, I hope I can capture a mood or a scent – a hint of atmosphere. That’s all you can do with small pieces, create a vignette of a memory, or a hope. It’s like a haiku…People assume that an encore is something showy, but, for me, it’s a little moment of tenderness from the heart.”

Yuja Wang has performed the repertoire on this album on stages around the world, but her current concert season sees her taking to the stage with larger concerto performances. This April, Yuja will appear with the New York Philharmonic performing Prokofiev and will make her debut with the Atlanta Symphony with Rachmaninov's Concerto No. 3. In June, she appears with the San Francisco Symphony, again presenting Rachmaninov.

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