Wednesday, July 17, 2024
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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor
The New York Times Can't Even Get It Accurate When It Describes Yuja Wang's Performance Costumes.

February 19, 2023 --

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In the January 27 New York Times, Javier C. Hernandez wrote that the highly-talented pianist Yuja Wang, about to perform a Rachmaninoff marathon, concertizes in "vivid sartorial choices, performing war horses in skintight dresses and Jimmy Choo heels [whatever they are]." The article marked a Carnegie Hal apearance by Ms, Wang during which she would play all of the concerti of Sergie Rachmaninoff and his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

There The New York Times goes again-- dissembling. After all, is her "costume" per the BBC Proms 2022 commentators at this playing of Liszt just "vivid," or vividly so brief as to be disrespectful to the musicians playing with her, and to Liszt's memory?

Mr. Hernandez was accurate in remarking of this very talented artist's "skinight dresses," but they also, notwithstanding their length, reveal a lot more than only her fingers.

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Here Ms. Wang is performing a world premiere in a long, revealing white gown.

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By the way: let's not forget others, including the marvelous , skintight dress-wearing Katia Buniatishvili:

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Here is Daniil Trifonov playing Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto in a loose-fitting suit. The conductor is Myung-Whun Chung who has also conducted for Ms. Jung.

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But during this performance of a flawless Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto by Ms. Jung, , does the maestro have, if only briefly, a slight smile on his visage?

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