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Prokofiev: Rachmaninov: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2

Magazine article Gramophone

Prokofiev: Rachmaninov: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2

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Prokofiev * Rachmaninov [GC][GP]

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2, Op 16 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3, Op 30 Yuja Wang pf Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela / Gustavo Dudamel DG [F] 4791304GH (72' * DDD) Recorded live at the Sala Simon Bolivar, Centro de Accion Social por la Musica, Caracas, Venezuela, February 2013

'The most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today joins forces with "magician-maestro" Gustavo Dudamel,' trumpet the critics, and for once there is more than an element of truth in such a lavish assertion. With recordings of the Liszt Sonata and Brahms's Paganini Variations behind her (8/09, 7/10), Yuja Wang now plays live in a single concert two of the most ferociously demanding of all piano concertos, a feat only previously achieved in my experience by Ashkenazy. Making her virtuoso credentials clear throughout, Wang dismisses every difficulty with nonchalant ease; hear her in the skittering waltz variation in the central Intermezzo of the Rachmaninov or in the scintillating a tempo come prima outburst in the finale. …

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