Tales of Hoffmann and the Hammerklavier: Yuja Wang scales summits in Verbier

Verbier Festival: Yuja Wang ***

Salle des Combins, 27th July 2016

Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has forged a stellar reputation thus far founded on flashy repertoire. Her Rachmaninov is dazzling, as is her Ravel. Recently though, she has taken steps into meatier, Germanic fare, including her first forays into Beethoven. Rather than take to the nursery slopes, the first Beethoven she has chosen to tackle is the mighty Hammerklavier Sonata, surely the steepest challenge of the 32. Following Schumann’s Kreisleriana, it made for a weighty Verbier recital programme which at times felt distinctly like ‘work in progress’.

Yuja Wang © Nicolas Brodard | Verbier Festival

Yuja Wang
© Nicolas Brodard | Verbier Festival

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