Yuja Wang and Gustavo Dudamel realise the ‘impossible’ with the LA Philharmonic


“It’s one of the most difficult pieces to conduct,” Gustavo Dudamel Conductor and L.A. Philharmonic Musical Director told euronews. “To play, of course (pointing to Yuja Wang) but also for the orchestra to play, to put together all that amount of information.”

Accelerating faster and faster is a typical pattern with Bartok with characteristic features from Hungarian folk music really emerging. At one point Yuza’s fingers move so quickly our cameras have difficulty capturing them.

“Everything happens so fast that’s why it’s so difficult, his music,” virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang explained.

“It’s hard for the fingers but it’s also hard for the mind to catch up, which partly explains why he’s not the most popular composer. But he’s just very uncompromising artistically and in terms of like he has his golden ratio, the way he’s so special about the form and timing. Basically he’s a control freak I think!”

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