Friday, February 21, 2014

Yuja Wang: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2: Scherzo




Yuja Wang performing the Scherzo (Vivace) from Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, opus 16, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. This is a clip from the Deutsche Grammophon label released on February 3rd, 2014. In this video, you have two of the most-exciting young persons sharing a stage; and some say classical music is boring. Hardly, and not in this case.

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Much has been made recently on Wang's taste in fashion while at the piano performing. I for one find it to my taste; after all, she is a young performer, only 27, and she dresses in accordance to her age.  Here is what she has to say about it in a Los Angeles Times interview ("Conversation with classical pianist Yuja Wang; December 18, 2013), that she had with Deborah Vankin:
I'm not trying to shake up the classical world at all. People think that, which is fine; but I just like fashion, I'm a girl, I love shoes and cute dresses. People want to look good onstage and I don't think there should be a rule to always wear long dresses and be elegant. I think those short dresses fit my body better, so I just wear them.