San Francisco Symphony / Yuja Wang / Esa-Pekka Salonen

Rachmaninow / Bartók

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Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang © Norbert Kniat
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen © Mika Ranta

Composed into the fingers

Playing this highly virtuosic work, Yuja Wang feels as though she is climbing the Great Wall of China while relishing in the views of her breathtaking natural surroundings. Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos, the Chinese-born classical pianist confesses, are the most sensual and equally most passionate musical works of all for her. The immense technical difficulties that Rachmaninoff, an outstanding pianist in his own right, composed into his works make the perfect playground for Yuja Wang. The colossal masses of sound are just made for the explosive volcano that lies dormant inside her. Do not be deceived by her delicate appearance: Her playing is powerfully gripping and full of feeling – as if Rachmaninoff had envisioned precisely this exceptional musician when he composed his »Elephant Concerto«.


San Francisco Symphony

Yuja Wang piano

conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen


Gabriella Smith
Tumblebird Contrails

Sergej Rachmaninow
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

– Interval –

Béla Bartók
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

Zugabe Yuja Wang:

Vladimir Horowitz
Variations sur un thème de Carmen

Zugaben Orchester:

Jean Sibelius
Valse triste / from the incidental music »Kuolema«, Op. 44

Richard Wagner
Vorspiel zum 3. Aufzug aus »Lohengrin« WWV 75

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Classical Fascination 1


The Americans

Multiverse Esa-Pekka Salonen

Promoter: Konzertdirektion Dr. Rudolf Goette / HamburgMusik

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