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On The Surface Of Goyescas

  • Classics Today

“There is no questioning Xiayin Wang’s keyboard prowess, nor her ability to navigate the pianistic intricacies of Granados’ Goyescas to world-class standards…I’ve rarely heard such a nimble and effortless account of the frothy Allegro de concierto.”

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Granados Review

  • Gramophone

“‘Zapateado’ (the last of the Six Pieces on Spanish Folk Songs) and the Allegro de concierto, both exhilarating and exuberant, make one regret the fact that more pianists don’t programme Granados, and exude an infectious spontaneity”

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GRANADOS Goyescas • Zapateado • Eight Poetic Waltzes • Allegro de concierto —Xiayin Wang

  • FANFARE MAGAZINE

“[Wang’s] tone is full and rounded, never aggressive or percussive. Her touch is luminous, embracing the listener with its subtleties of color and accent…Anyone who loves Granados should find much to savor in Xiayin Wang’s album. Given Wang’s breadth of repertoire and taste for new horizons, she is an artist we should be hearing much of for years to come. Highly recommended.”

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Xiayin Wang Surveys Granados’ Piano Music

  • THE REHEARSAL STUDIO

“When compared with his Spanish contemporaries, Granados is decidedly less flamboyant…Wang seems to appreciate this rhetoric of understatement; and her performances draw our attention to the music itself, rather than the showy pianist.”

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Czech confluences meet Broadway rhythms

  • ConcertoNet.com

“We find pianiste extraordinaire, Xiayin Wang, ablaze inside Gershwin’s electrified Concerto in F… Wang deftly maneuvers through each of Gershwin’s stylized movements by showing nothing but the utmost control as to the vibe and sassy distinctions wrapped inside the exhilarating score. Ms. Wang’s keyboard vocabulary enriches while, simultaneously, tackles the dizzying folds in cogent formation.”

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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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