Pianist Xiayin Wang’s recording of Ginastera’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 is available today on Chandos records. The album is part two of a three-volume series that celebrates the centennial anniversary of the birth of great Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, and also features the exotic early ballet Panambí.
Xiayin, hailed by The New York Times for her “estimable grasp of pianistic color” as well as her “go-for-broke bravado,” handily surmounts the staggering technical challenges of the work, which pays homage to both Beethoven and Chopin while retaining a musical language and character that was all Ginastera’s.
The album is a welcome contribution to Xiayin’s acclaimed discography, following her last recording of the concertos by Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian with the RSNO [CHAN 5167], which was selected as Editor’s Choice by Gramophone.