Out here in blogdom, where classical music is definitely a minority taste, what everyone seems to remember about Yuja Wang is That Orange Dress. I mentioned, not long afterward, that I was perplexed by offerings of her recordings: her label, Deutsche Grammophon, is asking top dollar, but the downloads they vend are at least technically superior to those offered elsewhere.
Then last night, I was busy snagging A Very She & Him Christmas (on sale!) from Amazon when their Robot Suggester told me that I could get Wang’s 2009 Sonatas & Études for a mere $7.98. I jumped. The timing seemed odd, but then it occurred to me that the first sonata in the set is Chopin’s No. 2 in B-flat minor, the third movement of which is the famous “Marche funèbre,” a useful piece of music to have on hand around Halloween.
Buying the download got me only a tiny square of artwork, which is to be expected. And since it doesn’t scale upward very well, I clipped this photo (by Chen Chii-quan) from a Taiwanese news site:
A little more modest, but no less lovely.
What’s on the album, besides the Chopin: two études by Ligeti, Scriabin’s “Sonata-Fantasy” in G-sharp minor, and the Liszt Sonata in B minor. Obviously she’s not going for the “easy” stuff.