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This is Yuja Wang’s first ever recorded album. It is, so to speak, her debut on disc. With a challenging programme – comprising warhorses by Chopin, Liszt and Scriabin, plus two etudes by contemporary composer György Ligetti – she offers to the musical world an impressive visit card. Not only her dazzling virtuosity, but especially that unique musical insight that surfaces each piece she plays and a clean structural conception running through the entire recital, highlight Yuja’s performance in sharp contrast to other virtuosos’ pyrotechnical renditions. If one listens to this recording without knowing who the performer is, one would stress the exquisite technical achievement secondly, after recognizing the maturity of the vision. Chopin’s Sonata no.2 (with the celebrated Funeral march) receives here a less pathetic approach but a more consistent projective light (maybe a cooler one, but utterly appropriate), while Liszt’s B minor Sonata comes out touching and convincing, yet somehow feminine and gracious without the need to “storm” the keyboard (like other versions, some by true legends of the piano). For Scriabin and Ligetti, Yuja Wang finds as well the proper timbres and most effective lights. Astonishing debut by a pianist in her early twenties at the time of recording!