“Yuja Wang’s recital Sunday afternoon in Orchestra Hall… [was] a guided tour through several historical epochs, each benefiting from Wang’s distinct perspective – plus, of course, her wizardly technique.
The concert’s high point, not surprisingly, came with Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp Major, Op. 53, a treacherously difficult work even a pianist of Wang’s keyboard acuity and self-composure was wise to save for the end. Beyond its monstrous technical demands, the piece is built on nervous energy, stop-start rhythm, quicksilver changes of texture and a demonic finale. Wang made sense of these eruptions, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that she captured Scriabin’s neurotic mood changes with welcome insight.”