Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor (1931 version)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor
Piano Sonata No. 6
“Yuja Wang has everything it takes to make a world-class pianist,” was how the critic of the New York Times judged a concert by the young Chinese pianist. Daniel Barenboim was also full of praise after hearing Yuja Wang for the first time. Her discography, which now includes four recordings, additionally demonstrates this musician's amazingly diverse repertoire.
It is also shown by the programme she has selected for her concert in the Chamber Music Hall: Works by Schumann, Schoenberg, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Fauré, with which Yuja Wang spans the stylistic arc from entertaining character pieces to highly virtuoso works to contrapuntal compositions. Written between 1832 and 1849, Bunte Blätter op. 99, is a collection of piano miniatures by Robert Schumann intended for playing in the home, whereas his studies for the pedal piano reflect his intense involvement with Baroque, contrapuntal techniques.
These can also be heard in Arnold Schoenbergʾs Suite, Op. 25. Although it was the piano suites of Bach which served as a model in this case, the work is one of the most revolutionary compositions of the 20th century, being one of the first pieces in which Schoenberg realized his “method of composing with twelve tones which are related only with one another”.
While Sergei Rachmaninov emphasized virtuoso piano technique in his Second Piano Sonata, Gabriel Fauré created romantically emotional character pieces with his Nocturnes which enjoyed great popularity in the salons of Paris. With its explosive ending, the waltz adaptation La Valse by Maurice Ravel is an intoxicating swan song to what was probably the most popular ballroom dance in turn of the century Vienna.