The repertoire of Shanghai-trained Xiayin Wang spans centuries of music, from Bach to Barber. The pianist has several recordings to her credit, on multiple labels. Her most recent release, Granados: Piano Works, is a collection of solo piano music by Enrique Granados, including Goyescas, his crowning keyboard opus.
A strong technique serves the music. That’s what Chinese American pianist Xiayin Wang learned when she began her studies at the Shanghai Conservatory. When she moved to New York City more than 20 years ago to continue her studies at the Manhattan School of music, she learned something else about herself.
“[The Rachmaninoff second concerto] is a much-loved masterpiece, performed by Wang with expertise and elegance, at once resonant and heartfelt. Wang and The Chicago Philharmonic proved to be fine collaborators, Speck encouraging the orchestra when called for, and otherwise direct and supportive. The same can be said of the soloist; when she was the accompaniment, as in the Adagio, Wang’s circumspect virtuosity held the expressive wind solos aloft. Her nimble articulation mastered the complex figures with strong expressive energy. This is a piece of music both detailed and with a great arching trajectory; pianist and Orchestra reached the crest together.”
Evocative and romantic music from Spain on this week’s Album of the Week. Xiayin Wang is a young Chinese-American pianist who takes on the solo piano music of Enrique Granados in her most recent release. Included are the 6 pieces that make up Goyescas, inspired by the paintings of Goya, as well as piano showpieces, Zapateado and Allegro de concierto.
Pianist Xiayin Wang has recorded the famous Goyescas, based on paintings of Francisco Goya (1746-1828), by Enrique Granados (1867-1916). She talked with Michael Keelan from Steinway Hall in New York about the character of the great Spanish pianist and composer, who died when his ship was torpedoed by Germany during WWI.
“There is a beautifully natural flow to Wang’s playing and she catches the spirit of youthful Spanish ardour nicely…Chandos’s marvellous sound has depth and clarity that places this disc at the top of the pile”
“Pianist Xiayin Wang has made several recordings that show her affinity for kaleidoscopically rich and colorful music – music of Scriabin, Ginastera, and Danielpour all stand out. Now, she handles Goyescas with mastery and love, capturing the glistening effects and layered voices that are such a challenge in this music. The result is magical.”