1. Music of Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ligeti, Scriabin, Albéniz and Kapustin. Yuja Wang.
Packing Carnegie Hall without even announcing what she was going to play, the performance phenomenon that is Yuja Wang lit up unexpected corners of piano music in April. Arnold Schoenberg, György Ligeti, and the Ukrainian jazz/classical pianist Nikolai Kapustin are not sure winners with lovers of the piano’s Romantic core repertoire, but when Wang applied her vast resources of technique, imagination and tone color to the moderns, they jumped off the page as well. (DW)