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Minnesota Orchestra review: Spain sweet but Mozart memorable

  • Twin Cities.com

“Wang vividly brought out all of the gentleness, grief and exuberance that Mozart packed into this exquisite concerto. And she blended beautifully with the Minnesota Orchestra, which sometimes can put too much Beethoven into its Mozart and overpower soloists. Rarely did Wang fight to be heard, Mena helping bring a becomingly light touch to the music.”

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Mena Does Better In Ginastera II

  • Classics Today 8/10
“The finale offers a gloss on the last movement of Chopin’s Second Piano Sonata, itself almost dodecaphonic, and under Wang’s fingers both the reference as well as Ginastera’s own characteristic energy project vibrantly. Indeed, the entire work sounds especially convincing in this performance, from the opening variations onwards…They do the composer proud. A fine release.”
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Ginastera Orchestral Works 2 – Panambi; Piano Concerto No.2 Xiayin Wang; Manchester Chamber Choir; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena Chandos CHAN 10923

  • Gramophone

Xiayin Wang is jaw-droppingly impressive. She makes music out of even the most jagged phrases, and the BBC Philharmonic outclass all of the recorded competition in both finesse and commitment. I’d always thought of this work as inferior to the more popular First Concerto; this recording has made me seriously reconsider that opinion.”

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Ginastera Orchestral Works 2 – Panambi; Piano Concerto No.2 Xiayin Wang; Manchester Chamber Choir; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena

  • The Whole Note

Xiayin Wang’s elegant and sonorous performance of the Second Piano Concerto (1972) will be a surprise for anyone who associates the composer with pianistic bombast. Her crisp, even touch in both the perpetual motion, repeated-note scherzo and the prestissimo triplet finale is remarkable, yet so is her balance of complex chords and gradual pacing in the tread-like build of the slow movement to a crisis point. e first movement is the most dissonant and complex. Succeeding movements are more accessible; textures and sounds fascinate throughout.”

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Streaming Audio Review

  • Fanfare Magazine

“[Xiayin Wang] and Juanjo Mena are entirely on the same page when it comes to bringing this music to life.” 

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(++++) PIANOS PLUS

  • Infodad
Xiayin Wang tackles this very difficult work with aplomb and no apparent strain on a new Chandos release, and she is quite effectively backed up and abetted by the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena. This concerto is scarcely an endearing work and not one that listeners are likely to take to heart, but it is filled with unusual twists and turns and makes for more-satisfactory intellectual than emotional enjoyment.”
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ENDNOTES, November 2016

  • Quarterly Review
“The new CD also contains a recording of the Second Piano Concerto, with Xiayin Wang – a Chinese soloist who seems to have taken the world by storm, from Costa Rica to Carnegie Hall. A difficult, intensive and technically demanding piece, the Concerto gives the soloist a true challenge, with variations galore, and a vast range of percussive sonorities reminiscent of Bartok– but the whole half-an-hour of its time-span brilliantly brought into one powerful focus, thanks to Juanjo Mena’s conducting and his clear belief in such an unknown masterpiece.”
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Recording of the Month

  • Gramophone

“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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The Wonder of Wang

  • Ilona Oltuski

“Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2 and Khachaturian Piano Concerto Tchaikovsky was unlucky with his pianists – at least until now. Nikolai Rubinstein, the intended dedicatee of the First Concerto, declared it unplayable. Yet it went on to become one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular works. The Second was…”

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Classical review: RSNO/Oundjian, Xiayin Wang (piano), Edinburgh

  • The Scotsman

“Putting together two Russian composers’ very different responses to Shakespeare’s greatest love story – as the RSNO and music director Peter Oundjian did in this barnstorming concert – proved such a revealing, satisfying experience, and one so rich in musical storytelling, that it’s a wonder it’s not done all the time.”

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An Artist of Her Time

  • Instant Encore

“Walking along Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street on any day of the week one might be surprised at the number of Asian visitors and an encouraging feature of concerts in Scotland is the number of Chinese young people who are present. Through the Confucius project Glasgow University hosts many Chinese students extending the large community…”

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Acoustics play havoc with National Gallery Orchestra performance

  • The Washington Post

“Wang’s finger work was precise and strong (as it would have to be for Rachmaninoff). Her drive was unrelenting and her concentration intense. It was clear that she was in command and that Lande and the orchestra were to follow, which they did well.”

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A second American Festival with the RSNO

  • Bachtrack

“It’s rare to see a soloist perform two concertos in a single programme. RSNO Associate Leader William Chandler promised, in his highly entertaining and informative pre-concert talk, that we were in for some very exciting playing from pianist Xiayin Wang. Indeed we were. Wang responded to…”

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Xiayin Wang performs and records a wealth of American piano concertos

  • RSNO

“Chinese pianist, Xiayin Wang, described by Gramophone Magazine as “astonishing”, appears with the RSNO and Music Director Peter Oundjian to perform two piano concertos from 20th century American composers this week and the following week will record the concerti with the Orchestra for the Chandos label….”

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Xiayin Wang and the Escher String Quartet

  • Feast of Music

“There is a lot of chamber music being performed on any given week in New York, and one of the best tickets in the city this week was pianist Xiayin Wang and fellow rising stars, the Escher String Quartet. The ensemble delivered fine performances of some of the…”

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Xiayin Wang at Cadogan Hall

  • Peter Reed

“Xiayin Wang’s technical accomplishments are formidable. There is a focus, poise and control to her playing that is almost scarily intense, but she didn’t give much away – emotional demands, in the Liszt and Ravel particularly, were just out of her reach, and it’s that…”

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A Collaboration Far More Than the Sum of Its Parts

  • Allan Kozzin

“Early in the 20th century, soloists occasionally assembled programs that were part recital, part chamber performance. That hybrid approach had fallen out of favor by the 1950’s, but Xiayin Wang’s collaboration with the Fine Arts Quartet at Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday evening suggested that…”

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Answering Bach’s Call With Color and Stamina

  • Steve Smith

“Even for the most gifted young pianist, it takes a lot to be noticed. Xiayin Wang, a doctoral student at the Manhattan School of Music, is clearly doing something right. In her native China, where she trained at the Shanghai Conservatory, Ms. Wang took first…”

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