Chun Wang Piano Laureate Recital (CD)

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Chun Wang, City of Granada Orchestra, Paul Mann

The music of Ravel begins and ends this recital by Chun Wang, winner of the 59th Jaen International Piano Competition in 2017. The virtuoso magic of Jeux d’eau is balanced by the dazzling beauty and wit of the Concerto in G major. Two vividly contrasting examples have been selected from William Bolcom’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 12 New Etudes, whilst Bartok’s Out of Doors suite remains one of the 20th century’s most imaginative keyboard masterpieces. The mandatory work at the competition was Bonnin de Gongora’s Fantasia Jiennense, a vivacious piece based on folk songs from Jaen.

Trained at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Chung Wang completed his studies in China at the Beijing Central Conservatory. His principal teachers have been Solomon Mikowsky, Robert McDonald, Jin Zhang, Yifu Yang and Joel Sachs. He won First Prize in the 59th Premio Jaen International Piano Competition in 2017 and has taken important awards in contests including the New York Concert Artists/Carnegie Debut Recital Audition.

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1. Ravel: Jeux d'eau

Bolcom 12: New Etudes (excerpts)
2. Book 3: No. 8. Rag infernal
3. Book 4: No. 12. Hymne à l'amour

Bartók: Szabadban (Out of Doors), BB 89
4. I. With Drums and Pipes
5. II. Barcarolla
6. III. Musettes
7. IV. The Night's Music
8. V. The Chas

Bonnín: Fantasía Jiennense
9. I. Scherzo: Presto energico
10. II. Intermezzo
11. III. Variaciones 1-5

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
12. I. Allegramente
13. II. Adagio assai
14. III. Presto