Friday, May 24, 2013

"Wow"-worthy in San Francisco


San Francisco Classical Voice praised Joyce Yang's solo and concerto performances in an all-French bill with the Marin Symphony this month, declaring,“[Joyce] set a high bar right off, with her assertive, rhythmically stretchy, and slyly comic reading of ‘Minstrels.’ Ranging from percussive crispness to lingering harmonies to expansive chordal passages, she made the piano aspire to something orchestral. Debussy's illustrative genius was on full display.“ In Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, "the gifted Yang, here making her Marin Symphony debut, can draw on an impressive technical arsenal. The precisely crystalline repeated notes in the opening Allegramente alone were “wow”-worthy."  She also played a "wow"-worthy performance of Grieg's famous Piano Concerto  in Des Moines, and she finishes the month of May in Birmingham with another favorite: Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 

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