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.