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Product Description Yuja Wang joins the legendary maestro on her first orchestral album. To the challenging Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no. 2, she adds the daunting Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Yuja Wang and Claudio Abbado kindle the Mahler Chamber Orchestra into blazes of beauty. Yuja Wang, Gramophone's "Young Artist of the Year" 2009, hearkens to the no-holds-barred pianistic sensations of the 19th century "Whereas many pianists try to dominate this set of variations, she worked with it. This approach simply gave more punch to the places in which the piano should jump out of the texture" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) About the Artist Recording these piano concertos by Rachmaninov came as a surprise and delight to Yuja Wang, and was a choice spurred on by Claudio Abbado: "I'd worked with him before, but not in these concertos. He plays with very few soloists these days, so it was a particular honour - I'd happily have played anything he wanted me to play." "I like really to grasp the flow of the Russian soul through Russian literature and understand the emotional ideals, and to touch on that during a live concert is quite difficult. In the Second Piano Concerto the big challenge is projecting myself: the writing is fairly transparent but the melody is overpowering, and cutting through the texture in order to be heard isn't easy. It's a challenge to bring out the harmonies, and the legatos are very special. At many points in this concerto, the piano is almost an accompaniment to the orchestra. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra were wonder¬ful to work with: they listen to each other so well, and they're all really young, about my age. I think the excitement of the live concert is truly present in the recording." The genesis of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 is almost as legendary as the music itself. Severely depressed after his Symphony No. 1 had been panned at its premiere in 1897, the young Rachmaninov found himself unable to set pen to manuscript paper for two years. On the advice of his cousins, he consulted Dr. Nikolai Dahl, a specialist in neuropsychotherapy who used hypnosis to build up Rachmaninov's confidence towards beginning a new concerto that would be "excellent". The composer indeed emerged ready to set to work with renewed energy, sketching out the piece during visits to the Crimea and Italy in 1900; he gave the world premiere himself in Moscow on 9 November 1901. The piece's immediate acclaim duly established him as one of the most exciting composers of his day. Yuja Wang has drawn considerable inspiration from Rachmaninov's own interpretation of the concerto, which is controlled and classical as others can be extrovert and passionate: "Instead of sounding very broad in what you might expect to be huge lyrical moments, his sound remains amazingly transparent," she says. By the time Rachmaninov began his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini his fame was universal, but his life had changed radically. In 1917 he and his wife fled the Russian Revolution, travelling first to Sweden and then to the USA. In Russia he had pursued a vocation primarily as a composer; in the West, though, the need for income propelled him into an international career as a concert pianist. His time for composition was consequently reduced, but the works he did produce showed increasing sophistication and originality and the Rhapsody is no exception. It dates from 1934 when Rachmaninov was living in Switzerland, near Lake Lucerne. The theme is from No. 24 from Paganini's Caprices for violin, a set of virtuoso variations so difficult that it contributed to Paganini's being associated in the public imagination with the devil himself. Rachmaninov used the theme as the basis for a series of twenty-four variations plus introduction and coda, ingeniously combining the format with that of a three-movement concerto. The first movement is the substantial, dizzyingly varied section from the start to Variation 15. First, only the barest outline is hear

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beautiful, sensitiveAn absolutely STUNNING performance ... beautiful, sensitive, sensual ... the orchestra and soloist as one voice! Truly glorious performance of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on Paganini.5No good sound, it is not fare for Miss Yuja WangPlayback in this recording is NOT first class and the sound quality leaves much to be desired. Obviously taken into account that it is a live recording, at least the Second Concert (or live recordings with correction editions), the piano sounds very far, to this we must add that it is DDD, therefore It is not the best recording mode for classical music that makes it has almost no definition in the bass registers in the lower two octaves of the piano. In the Variations on a Paganini theme, the edition is terrible and there are pauses where the sound is lost that has nothing to do with the pauses of the variations. I played many times thinking that it was a defect due to dust or something else, but not, always at the same moment.This is DG !!! They are world class artists !!! I don't understand this from DG. I think you can do better than this in terms of production quality. There is another review and I agree with what you asked. Did anyone really listen to the finished product before the CDs were released? ..... I have returned, a shame2Five Stars are insufficientIn an interview on NPR, Ms. Wang spoke at length about the complexity and simplicity of the Rachmaninoff pieces; she compared the structure to adlibbing of talented jazz musicians. I live here in Los Angeles, where Wang appears often with the LA Philharmonic, and my attraction to Ms. Wang is colored by the flashy attire she often wears in concert. Listening to my new CD's offers only extraordinary technical and creative expressions by this talented professional--her flamboyance notwithstanding, is embedded in my mind--five stars seem insufficient!5Yuja Wang is first in her class of young pianistsYuja Wang is first in her class of young pianists. Personal qualities of modesty combined with confidence give her the ability to take on profound and difficult pieces and give them freshness and youthful sensitivity. Though she is sometimes buried by the orchestra in this recording, the overal sound is lush and delicious. The second section of Rach 2 is just a thing of beauty and challenges even the great Richter with a maturity beyond her years. I can't wait to see where Yuja will be ten years from now, but for now her love of the Romantic period and Russian composers serves to attract young audiences which have been lost to the vulgar pop culture. I think that Sergei Vasilievich is looking down with pride and warmth in his heart.5Simply amazing!So, the classical piano works are often more than 100 or 200 years old. It does not seem possible that anything new could be added. Then, Yuja Wang appears and brings new life to these works. He dexterity is unimpeachable. But, her interpretation is so new and refreshing, while at the same time honoring pieces I have come to love, that it has opened a whole new vista to me. Enthusiastic? I bought one, have ordered others, and am hoping that she will one day do the Chopin Piano Concertos so I can purchase them. If you like something more contemporary, find her rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; I truly believe that he would wonder why he never thought to play it like she does!5Paganini junk - Concerto no 2 OutstandingFirstly, (track 1-26) are separated by 25 spaces and are really brief and virtuosic in a bad way, which is why I just deleted them. Plus they are available to watch on YouTube. 1 star.However the Concerto no 2 is worth the price of the CD. It moved me to tears and that's pretty hard to do. I'd give it an easy 5 stars3Nice fresh interpretations of classic concertos.I've heard so many versions of the Rachmaninov concertos both in concert and on disk. It's surprising, then, to find a "newly fresh" performance after all these years. Bravo, Yuja Wang!5DelightfulI find Yuja Wang's interpretation of Rachmaninov inspiring. I have loved listening to Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #2 for decades with various artists. Yuja Wang gives this piece a sense of space - or freedom - perhaps fresh air and energy that I have not felt before. I've always been struck, in the past, by its almost dense intensity. Wang seems to open it up to more possibilities. A striking gift from her and the orchestra. (FYI - I sent back the first disc I ordered because the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini had the weirdest skips as it changed tracks. Amazon sent another, and it plays beautifully.) I expect you will enjoy this cd if you like Rachmaninov.5Superb Performance!I had never heard of Yuja Wang until I started reading her reviews by Amazon Customers. Rightfully they raved about her artistry - for that I gave this CD a try. How glad I did. I will continue to buy more of her recordings, as they are such a joy to hear!!!!!5A delightYuja Wang is as delightful to listen to as she is to watch perform. Truly one of the greatest artists of the 21st century.5
Yuja Wang: Rachmaninov

Yuja Wang: Rachmaninov

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