Dirk Newton, South China Morning Post
As soon as soloist Yuja Wang stepped assuredly onstage in a body-hugging, skin-revealing azure concert gown, we knew we were in for something special at this Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra season opener, which paired the monumental Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with Stravinsky’s riotous The Rite of Spring.
Wang’s playing was a mix of controlled flamboyance and poignancy, at times projecting the piano part, at others accompanying the orchestra, all with the digital dexterity and ease audiences have come to expect of her. And for a soloist with such a delicate frame and sinewy arms, the weight she can apply to the keys produces power one might expect from a player twice her size.
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