Yuja Wang’s Fantasia

Yuja Wang: Fantasia

This recording contains musical miniatures that are short, yet are huge in impact. These encore pieces by Scriabin, Gluck, Rachmaninov, Chopin and others will thrill Yuja Wang’s fans.

The variety of styles of these pieces – which includes neo-Classical, Impressionist, Romantic, and jazz – provide a unique listening experience.

The selections are as follows:


  • Triana (from Iberia, book 2)


  • Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2


  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

arranged by Victor Staub

  • Orfeo ed Euridice: Mélodie

arranged by Sgambati

  • Variations On A Theme From Bizet’s Carmen


  • Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 6 in A minor
  • Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 4 in B minor
  • Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1
  • Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor


  • Danse macabre, Op. 40

arranged by Franz Liszt & Vladimir Horowitz
Scarlatti, D:

  • Keyboard Sonata K455 in G major


  • Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118

arranged by Franz Liszt

  • Prelude, Op. 11 No. 11 in B major
  • Prelude, Op. 13 No. 6 in B minor
  • Prelude, Op. 11 No. 12 in G sharp minor
  • Étude Op. 8 No. 9 in G sharp minor
  • Poème in F sharp major, Op. 32 No. 1

Strauss, J, II:

  • Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214

arranged by György Cziffra

Performed by Yuja Wang (piano)

I like almost all of these pieces a lot. For me, the one exception is the Schubert “Gretchen am Spinnrade”. In that piece the accompaniment represents the movement of the spinning wheel. This music needs to stay in the quiet background so as to not obscure the lovely melody. Also, these figurations need to be as even as the spinning wheel that they represent. Both of these requirements were not fully met in Ms. Wang’s playing.

Here are some Press comments:

Sunday Times, 1st April 2012:

“A disc of encores needs a compelling executant to justify itself, but this young pianist’s technique is quietly transcendent, her musicianship zestful and profound. The sequence itself is satisfying.”

The Times, 23rd March 2012

“Time and again Wang shows us why she’s become the world’s darling, whether shading dynamics poetically in a morsel of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, clarifying the multiple layers in Albéniz’s Triana, or romping with the preposterous glitter of Horowitz’s Carmen Variations.”

Here is Yuja Wang in a behind the scenes clip showing the shooting for this CD


And here is a very interesting interview with Yuja Wang, speaking with a representative of the Israel Philharmonic. (She was visiting Israel for two weeks)



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