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Pianist Xiayin Wang, an artist of keen musicality and sweeping virtuosity, has brought audiences to their feet with playing in the grand Romantic tradition.
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Xiayin Wang: BARBER, COPLAND, GERSHWIN on CHANDOS

“With two of these American concertos, the Copland and Gershwin, Xiayin Wang ventures undaunted into repertoire long under the shadow of Earl Wild. She’s done so before with tremendous success (see, in particular, her delectable Gershwin/Wild collection, Fanfare 34:5). And to a large extent, she repeats her…

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25 Jan 2014 Posted by admin in Album Reviews no comments

RECORDING OF THE MONTH

“Soloist Xiayin Wang embeds herself firmly in the orchestral texture but, unlike in the Copland concerto, the piano remains a fully distinctive, individual element too with its own voice that debates, even contends with the orchestra. After the appassionato of the opening movement, the second movement canzone begins with…

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14 Jan 2014 Posted by admin in Album Reviews no comments

Barber • Copland • Gershwin

“Barber’s electrifying and athletically awesome Concerto (1962) opens the disc. You only have to hear the soloist’s first entry to know that in Xiayin Wang you have a virtuoso with all the power and pizzazz to encompass the work’s demands – and more. She leads…

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01 Dec 2013 Posted by admin in Album Reviews no comments

Xiayin Wang/RSNO: American Piano Concertos (Chandos)

“Conductor Peter Oundjian’s first full classical recording with his RSNO forces and Chinese-born pianist Xiayin Wang as soloist is a fascinating cross-section of American piano concertos, revealing both the eclecticism of the species and the different directions sought and explored by US composers in the…

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26 Oct 2013 Posted by admin in Album Reviews no comments

American Record Guide, January-February 2013

Of these two releases of the Schumann Quintet, the one with Xiayin Wang offers the more sophisticated and perceptive reading, largely because of the artistry of the Fine Arts Quartet, whose attentive nuanced playing sets the performance apart from so many merely adequate readings…. American…

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05 Jan 2013 Posted by admin in Album Reviews no comments

Fanfare, November-December 2012

Over the past years, pianist Xiayin Wang has made a number of fine recordings, including most notably albums dedicated to Earl Wild’s piano music (reviewed in Fanfare 34:5) and Richard Danielpour’s 17 Preludes (35:1). As much as I enjoyed Want’s previous work, while listening to…

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05 Nov 2012 Posted by admin in Album Reviews no comments