Composer: Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin
Performer: Xiayin Wang – piano
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Oundjian
Number of Discs: 1 CD
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Xiayin Wang, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian / Barber, Copland, Gershwin – American Piano Concertos
Barber: Piano Concerto Op. 38 27:55 – Recorded: 29, 30 April 2013
01. I. Allegro appassionato 13:59
02. II. Canzone: Moderato 7:07
03. III. Allegro molto 6:49
Copland: Piano Concerto 15:51 – Recorded: 29, 30 April 2013
04. I. Andante sostenuto 6:21
05. II. Molto moderato 9:30
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major 31:54 – Recorded: 11 February 2013
06. I. Allegro moderato – Cantabile – Poco meno scherzando 13:03
07. II. Andante con moto 12:02
08. III. Allegro con brio 6:49
Recording Venue: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK
The young Chinese-born pianist Xiayin Wang, now resident in the USA, has been enthralling audiences worldwide and gaining ever greater international acclaim with her winning combination of consummate technical brilliance, fine musicianship, and personal verve. Here she is the soloist in three great American piano concertos and is joined by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian. The Concerto in F by George Gershwin, composed in 1925, represents one of his finest syntheses of the classical and jazz traditions and his extraordinary skill as a tunesmith is displayed throughout. Xiayin Wang has already shown her natural affinity with Gershwin’s music in her previous Chandos release, playing Earl Wild’s Gershwin transcriptions with ‘verve, brilliance and sheer delight’, as American Record Guide put it. Aaron Copland’s Piano Concerto from 1927 is another work influenced by jazz but unlike Gershwin his style reflects the jazz elements used by composers living in Paris in the 1920s, such as Milhaud and Stravinsky. Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Piano dates from 1962 and is another work that shows the diversity of influence in American music in the twentieth century. In the work there are elements of Russian music and jazz as well as the romanticism that we find in all of Barber’s output.
You only have to hear the soloist’s first entry [in the Barber] to know that in Xiayin Wang you have a virtuoso with all the power and pizzazz to encompass the work’s demands – and more…This is a fine detailed and stylish account of [the Gershwin] that can sit confidently among the best.
Wang is the soloist for this energetic performance of Copland’s quirky concerto. Conductor Peter Oundjian and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra bring just the right amount of swagger to their splendid playing.
The Arts Desk
All highly enjoyable – the Copland and Gershwin works receive performances as good as any around, and the Barber remains a fascinating curio.