DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON WILL RELEASE PIANIST YUJA WANG’S SECOND RECITAL ALBUM “TRANSFORMATION” ON TUESDAY APRIL 13, 2010
Pianist Yuja Wang’s highly anticipated second solo recital recording, Transformation, will be released by Deutsche Grammophon on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. The album comprises three movements from Pétrouchka by Stravinsky; Scarlatti’s Sonata in E major; Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Paganini op. 35; and Maurice Ravel’s La Valse. The album follows Yuja’s critically acclaimed debut recording, Sonatas & Etudes, which was nominated for a Grammy® Award in the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) category and named Best Debut Album of 2009 by International Piano magazine.
For her second recital album Yuja chose a program of piano transcriptions of works written for either a different instrument or for symphony orchestra. This idea of taking a work and re-working it for the piano fits with Ms. Wang’s musical ideals: “For me, conveying the music through the piano is more important than the instrument itself. The music is what interests and intrigues me.”
Here’s a recent audio sample of Ms. Wang’s artistry: