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'Wild Dreams'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Wild Dreams'

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'Wild Dreams'

Bartok Out of Doors, Sz81 Hindemith In einer Nacht, Op 15-No 1, Mudigkeiten; No 2, Sehr langsam; No 6, Sehr lebhaft, flimmernd; No 7, Nervositat, nicht schnell; No 8, Scherzo: Ausserst lebhaft Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No 2, Op 36 (1931 revision). Dreams, Op 38 No 5 (transcr Wild). Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 (transcr Wild) Schumann Fantasiestucke, Op 12

Joyce Yang pf

Avie [F] AV2261 (79' * DDD)

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Basing her recital around dream and night, Joyce Yang puts unlike alongside unlike in a dream-like sequence, one where 'impulse trumps logic', as she describes it.

Particularly successful is her selection from Hindemith's In einer Nacht, which ranges in mood from spare and almost unmoving to sharply satirical, Yang's fingery technique making light work of the treacherous Nos 6 and 8. From there we're straight into Bartok's Out of Doors. Technically again she's impressive. But what her reading lacks is a degree of characterisation: the 'Barcarolla' lacks the tension Kocsis finds because it's too slow, while the Hungarian finds much greater unrest in 'Musettes'. Yang's final 'Chase' is tame indeed.

And by this time it's possible to trace a tendency in Yang's playing to play the slower music too slowly. …

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