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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

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'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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