Title - 'Ravel Piano Concertos + Faur Ballade, Op. 19'
Artist - Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang has established herself as an international sensation. She plays with the worlds leading orchestras including those of New York, London, Amsterdam, and Berlin regularly joining them on tours of the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Wang is a Chinese classical pianist, born in Beijing, who began studying piano there at age six, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. By the age of 21 she was already an internationally recognized concert pianist, giving recitals around the world.
On her eagerly expected new orchestral album, Ravel Piano Concertos + Faur Ballade, Op. 19 she wows with two perennial hits: Ravels Piano Concerto in G major and The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major. Both are heavily influenced by jazz, which Ravel had encountered on a concert tour of the United States in 1928.
Indeed, he composed both concertos between 1929 and 1930. The latter was commissioned by the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I. Yuja, young stellar conductor Lionel Bringuier and celebrated Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich are the perfect match to inflame Ravels vibrant sound.
The melding of Yuja's legendary technical skills with her interpretative intelligence transforms this album into a profound musical experience with a haunting and jazzy sound. For me, certain pieces offered here really stand out, but man alive, the Left-hand concerto is like no other version I’ve heard. Oh, and it's now my favorite, for sure. It’s an amazing performance. The Fauré is also outstanding, but there is nothing - in truth - bad, or even slightly out of musical sync on this delightful, thoughtful, classically engineered new album from Wang.