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The critic and the girl in the orange dress

Yuja Wang made quite a splash in Los Angeles - with LA Times music critic Mark Swed.

The critic and the girl in the orange dress

Yuja Wang made quite a splash in Los Angeles - with LA Times music critic Mark Swed.

Here's part of his account of the Curtis Institute-trained pianist's recent Rachmaninoff with the LA Phil and Lionel Bringuier:

"Her dress Tuesday was so short and tight that had there been any less of it, the Bowl might have been forced to restrict admission to any music lover under 18 not accompanied by an adult. Had her heels been any higher, walking, to say nothing of her sensitive pedaling, would have been unfeasible. The infernal helicopters that brazenly buzz the Bowl seemed, on this night, like long-necked paparazzi wanting a good look."

Swed also took notice of her playing:

"Nothing, for her, looked even vaguely difficult. She was at her best in the most punishing passages. Rhythm is one of her strong suits, so the last movement, in particular, rocked. She was on the slow side for Rachmaninoff’s slow, lyrical melodies and on the fast side for the showy passages, but nothing was extreme. When Rachmaninoff called for delicacy, speed and grace together, she had all three in exactly the right proportions and was downright magical."

Read the entire review here.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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