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Fantasia ()


While the outer appearance of Yuja Wang's Fantasia might make it appear to be an album of mysterious, delicate, or fanciful piano music, it is actually a high-powered collection of showstoppers that have been favorites of this pianist for many years. Wang's experience shows, too, because these are assured and dynamic performances that demonstrate her thorough knowledge of the music, her great physical prowess, and her impressive technical chops. She obviously enjoys taking on three of Rachmaninov's challenging +tudes-Tableaux and Horowitz's ferociously difficult Carmen Variations, and she makes the Liszt-Horowitz transcription of Saint-Sadns' Danse macabre an encore to beat all encores. But not everything is programmed for showing off, because Wang plays with considerable restraint and taste in the Scarlatti Sonata in G major, K. 455, and the MTlodie from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and her most expressive and compelling playing is on display in the selections by Alexander Scriabin, evidently one of her... Hide synopsis

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