Financial Times: Yuja Wang’s Rachmaninov marathon reminds us what it means to be human

“Rachmaninov’s second concerto — composed in 1901 after a psychological breakdown and subsequent breakthrough — is as familiar as anything in the canon. Yet this interpretation began unfolding with a delighting freshness. In the first movement I heard witty textures, enlivening dynamic phrasing, a thrilling level of lucidity; in the second, a new emotional clarity and insight… I believe Rachmaninov offers a very beautiful and dignified sonic inquiry of everything it means to be human; Wang’s ability to reconcile the many complexities of the moment with such grace, even joy, was notable. The audience staggered out into the Manhattan dusk, as one, all changed; all humbled; all grateful for that ticket.”

Financial Times