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Yuja does jeans

August 11, 2018 by norman lebrecht

25 comments.


It’s a funny old summer.


Comments (25)

  1. Geoff Cox says:

    Fabulous playing as always!

  2. Ravi Narasimhan says:

    Flip phone on the piano? I’d bet this clip is at least ten years old.

    1. HSY says:

      It is from 2007

    2. Larry says:

      I use a flip phone – had it since 2007. Works great!

  3. Been Here Before says:

    Can’t wait to hear Yuja and Kirill do Prokofiev 3 on Sept 1!

    Yet there is one I would like to hear even more…

  4. Alexander says:

    she is looking even more sexy in jeans … go Yuja , go 😉

  5. david riviere says:

    Good fingers but what else ?

    1. John says:

      What else? Well, assuming you can knock out playing like that in a practice room (clearly in the middle of a session where she was working on something else) and sound as impressive as that through the internal microphone of a camcorder, then of course you have every right to ask the question. Assuming you can…

      …the ‘what else’ in her case might be the range of repertoire. She doesn’t just do the warhorses but goes well beyond them: Tchaikovsky No.2, Rachmaninov No.4 (both pieces that really deserve to be better known), all the Prokofiev concertos (even the left hand one), both the Ravels, not just the G major, all three Bartoks. Turangalila. – and you don’t mess with anyone who can play that. She does new music too (John Adams has just written a new concerto for her) and loads of chamber music. And she’s in her early 30s, so just getting started musically speaking. If she is concentrating on glitter and virtuosity at this stage, that’s OK; there’s plenty of time for her to be profound when she is older.

      There is considerable enthusiasm for criticising her fashion sense, as if she were the first young musician to use their attractiveness to help connect with their public. Liszt did that almost 200 years ago and artists have been doing it ever since. If she was a singer no-one would even comment. If she is helping to bring an enthusiastic audience to classical music, then there is nothing wrong with that, because to my ears everything she is doing musically is in the service of the music, not traducing it. We’re not talking Vanessa Mae or Medieval Baebes here.

      People should stop patronising her and should instead appreciate her undoubted virtuosity, her ability to connect with a wide audience and her willingness to explore the margins as well as the core repertoire (something I suspect she will do more and more).

          1. Geoff says:

            And I heard her play in October 2006 and wow! And it was Prokofiev.

      1. Marilyn White says:

        Spot on!

  6. Bruce says:

    Hoo boy. Her intonation is terrible. Every single note is out of tune.

    1. John G. says:

      Indeed. It must be the equal temperament!

  7. Bruce says:

    Also – it’s amazing that she actually wears jeans sometimes. I would have thought that she lives her entire life in strapless orange mini dresses and spike heels.

    The jeans were probably just for the video.

  8. Brettermeier says:

    I’m wearing camouflage cargo shorts and a hawaii shirt. Nobody cares, hm? Rats.

  9. Elizabeth Owen says:

    “Gentlemen”. Purleeeze.

  10. Hilary says:

    Loved her Barbican recital earlier this year.
    So much to savour but perhaps it was her account of Scriabin 10 which really sticks in the memory.

    1. Robin Smith says:

      The Ligeti she played astonished me. Revelatory.

      1. Sibot Dot says:

        What did it reveal?

        1. Robin Smith says:

          The stunningly virtuosic writing of the composer revealed in this performance. A composer I normally treat with trepidation

          BTW It would be great if I knew who I was writing to – not Sibot Dot I assume.

          1. Virgil Thomson says:

            Such magisterial writing! You should be a critic or something.

  11. Petros Linardos says:

    Ms. Wang wears ordinary, non distinct clothes and plays her usual fantastic way, but some media can’t stop commenting on her appearance.

    1. Geoff says:

      Not only the media, but lots of males with no couthe!


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