Yuja: Mozart wore short shorts just like me

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    • Aren’t you clever! As if nobody ever thought of ‘Sue Snotty Form’…

      Your trollery aside, I can assure you no one was yawning during any of the many performances I’ve heard from Yuja Wang. In fact, the last time I heard her in recital, her renditions of Rachmaninoff preludes, the Scriabin 10th, and three Ligeti études – Touches bloquées, Vertige, & Désordre – had a full house sitting at the edge of their seats, gasping at her playing’s mad, thrilling splendor.

    • Her actual name in Chinese is Wang Yujia with the surname first. She defers to people who mispronounce her name and expects to see the surname at the end of a name and introduces herself as Yuma Wang.

  • I won’t get into the clothing debate, because that’s exactly what you want so you can demand more money from your advertisers.
    However, in that Instagram post it’s interesting to note that a professional pianist uses the word “apparently” in this context.
    As far as I’m aware, Mozart DID live in London. It is well documented and is a fact. A fact a professional pianist should know.
    The way she wrote it reads like she stumbled across this monument to Mozart, and learnt this information for the first time from the information panel.
    I have always assumed all professional musicians have read the letters/biographies of the composers they perform…I guess not.

    • That is a lot of reading! and sometimes not as helpful to the learning process of the pieces in question.

      Does knowing all the biographical information help learn a piece? If you enjoy knowing those things, it provides exciting context, but not everyone is interested in music for the same reasons.

    • That is a lot of extrapolation from a single word. “Apparently” in this context can also convey a sense of amazement. In other words, she is in awe of Mozart who wrote two symphonies at 8 in London. Of course you can interpret the word whichever way your bias takes you. But to spend so much thought deciphering a throwaway instagram post seems a bit weird.

      • apparently adverb
        ap·​par·​ent·​ly | ə-ˈper-ənt-lē , -ˈpa-rənt
        Definition of apparently
        : it seems apparent —used to describe something that appears to be true based on what is known

        Often a person for whom English is a second language will have a better knowledge of the meaning of a word than some native speakers who are accustomed to a more idiomatic or contextual sense of the word.

  • This is so misogynistic. ENOUGH with the Yuja-bashing posts, and any other headlines about what women wear, or don’t wear, or should wear. I read this page for classical music news, but the tabloid-style misogyny and sensationalism of nearly every other post turns my stomach.

      • That’s your response to a well made charge of misogyny and by extension damaging society. Are you waiting for misogyny to be illegal and won’t stop until it is?!

        • Uh, no; he probably believes that the Left should have the sole prerogative on making rules about what we can and cannot do, say and cannot say, think and cannot think. It’s their schtick.

      • In a world of fake news, rampant misogyny, prejudice, and sensationalized smut, you actually want your site to…exemplify this? Great.

        Some people may enjoy a race to the bottom, but the rest of your readers deserve better.

        • Maybe there is more to these stories then you are seeing. For me, the first glamour puss was Mutter. What you see today in Wang is an evolution of the great musicians that provide “value added” on stage in their physical appearance. Its relevant music journalism and entertaining.

          • I said evolution, and thats just what it is. Every young musician knows Yuja and elegance isn’t their thing.

          • The difference is generational more than anything else. People who are closer to ASM age tend to prefer her style while people who are closer to YW generation tend to see her look as the more attractive one. Those of us who understand that styles and fashion change over time are able to appreciate them both.

        • “Rampant misogyny”?? You’ve got to be kidding. There is no more privileged being on this earth than the modern Western woman- endlessly coddled, their every whim catered to, given laughably light sentences compared to men for committing identical crimes- meanwhile the homeless population suicide rates, and incarceration rates are overwhelmingly male. Male victims of domestic violence are laughed at; depressed men are told to “man up” and have nowhere to turn. The average man- the man not in the top ten percentile of men in terms of wealth, looks, etc.- are completely and utterly invisible as far as the world is concerned. And no one cares. I know the resident white knights here- who are inexplicably eager to full on their swords for m’lady- will downvote this post into oblivion. So be it. Let’s face it- we live in a matriarchy.

        • ACN writes: “Some people may enjoy a race to the bottom, but the rest of your readers deserve better”

          Why do any of us deserve anything? And why is Norman responsible for “what we deserve”?

          It isn’t our site: if we don’t like it then we can go elsewhere.

    • What can possibly be misogynistic about “Mozart wore shorts just like me??” She’s wearing a cute pair of shorts while looking at a Mozart statue. That’s all there is. You’re clearly reading something into this post that isn’t there.

      • The headline is “Mozart wore short shorts just like me” – emphasizing the length of her shorts (HOW IS THIS EVEN A NEWS STORY???). This website has a history of Yuja-bashing, especially when it comes to her clothes, so the context is impossible to ignore, the meaning impossible to deny.

        • ACN writes: “This website has a history of Yuja-bashing…”

          Perhaps Yuja isn’t doing the bashing when reading this site…

        • She does not. You talk about her clothes much more than she does. She simply wears what makes her feel comfortable and attractive. The only time she talks about it is when she is asked about it.

    • What is degraded is coverage of Yuja Wang, though her overactive tweeter and clothing choices don’t help. Nothing of this nonsense has anything to do with her supreme musicianship.

      • You’d think her musicianship would speak for itself, but her own constant chatter about her clothing mostly drowns that out. Personally, I think it’s all a red herring…..

        • You are gaslighting. She does not constant chatter about her clothing. If no one asks her about it, she does not talk about it. You should blame the endless fascination some journalists have with her clothes.

  • Everyone should be much more interested in what she covers and uncovers with her artistry than what she covers or uncovers with her attire! She flaunts her gifts, both the talent and the appearance. But true aficionados of music should be by far more interested in the former.

    • Indeed. Moreover, I don’t think that great conductors and orchestra like, say, Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, worked with her because of her good looks or clothing choices.

      • I confirm. I was there for the second-best Prokofiev 3 in my life. The best was Martha’s of course! In Paris with the LFO and Nelsons.

    • I presume that number refers to age!!!”-)

      I’m sure Lee Liberace would be proud of Yuja Wang; and a glorious tradition of clothing being more important than music!

      • Fortunately, music is still far more important for Yuja Wang than clothing (e.g. there is not a single word about clothes in her post that is discussed here) which is much more than I can say about many of the commenters above and below.

  • These pictures are meant for Instagram and its clientele. To take one out of context and dress it up with that title is at least passing judgment…so I will allow myself to pass judgment on your title and declare it mysogynistic…but good title for your advertisers !!!

  • I can relate to Yuja because I would always bring my jogging shoes with me when traveling and often found myself out in the evening in my shorts and shoes and enjoying the sights and sounds of a different city. Maybe she just came upon the monument while out on her evening jog.

  • I had the chance to hear Wang live in Beethoven 4 and Chopin 1. She was fantastic. Then Prokofiev 3, well kit her stick but that’s ok.
    Since then, I have lost interest. The playing has lost this “Super special touch” she had as she was fresh out of Curtis.
    Hope for her she leaves this superficial zone and reemerge as the superb artist she can be.

  • short-shorts…Mozart…
    Like lang lang, when all else fails, lotsa loud, lotsa fast, sketchy clothes.
    Lordy I’m soooo tired of steel fingered midgets…!!

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