This afternoon, (November 21st, 2010) Pianist Xiayin Wang played excerpts from her new CD, at the Barnes & Nobles Lincoln Center Triangle location,which may be one of the last events here. To general great regret, the cultural hub is supposed to be closing it’s doors in the near future.
The CD, released by Chandos, presents a first time collection of all of Earl Wild’s musical arrangements of Gershwin songs and Wild’s Piano Sonata, dating from 2000, which leans strongly on jazz, blues, rag and American folk music, while still remaining firmly connected within the classical form.
Wang provided a miniature recital that gave an impressive “tasting” of her brilliant technical mastery and fine musicianship at the piano. She also eloquently talked about Wild, the composer and consummate pianist, who just recently passed away.
Taking breaks in between the movements of the sonata, she explained about its meaning and some of the difficulties, and managed also in the following Q + A, to engage the attending audience splendidly. Also present was Bill Schwartz, one of the great New York musical patrons, who has championed the young
artist, who has continuously commanded the critiques attention and praise.This season Ms. Wang will be heard twice at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall; first on November 23, 2010 she performs works by Schumann, Franck and Earl Wild with the distinguished Fine Arts Quartet : Violinist Ralph Evans, violist Nicolò Eugelmi and cellist Wolfgang Laufer; and then on April 11, 2011 she will be heard in a solo recital.
A recording of Schumann’s chambermusic, in joint performance with the Fine Arts Quartet, is going to be released by Naxos. To read more about the young pianist , please visit my article “Xiayin Wang : Celebrating Her New Life” http://blogcritics.org/mod_article/article/edit/id/145529 For more information please visit www.xiayinwangpiano.com
I am a big fan and looking forward to the concert on Tuesday !