Shiran Wang Piano Recital
At Carnegie Hall
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 25, 2016
Schumann (1810-56): Kinderszenen, Op. 15.
Franck (1822-90): Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, Op. 21.
Liszt (1811-86): Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171.
Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Moments Musicaux, Op. 16.
It was truly a pleasure to experience the eloquent and elegant Shiran Wang in solo recital at Zankel Hall tonight. The youthful and poised Ms. Wang was born in Nanjing, China. Her first album was published and released by China Record Corporation in 2007. Her second, performing Shostakovich Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2, was published in 2013 by Sony. Ms. Wang has won numerous competitions and honorary prizes, including the fourth Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition. Tonight, Ms. Wang was costumed in two exquisite gowns, one white and one bronze. The audience, with many families and fans present, was totally enthralled.
The Schumann Kinderszenen, with its very familiar, central theme, opened like a lullaby, before it became dervish with rapid trills and swirling, waltz-like passages. The piece mostly exuded sensitivity and tranquility. Ms. Wang was confident, as, throughout the concert, she performed from memory. The Franck Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue was more dynamic, with lyrical, lilting refrains. The soulful theme repeats with implosions of emotionality and windswept interludes. The Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B minor was played with calmness, amidst this most challenging work. The poignancy expands into rapturous trills. I noted, after listening to Ms. Wang in the Liszt, that she certainly is poised for orchestral concerto performances, on an international scale. In the Rachmaninoff Moments musicaux, a demanding, impressionistic work, Ms. Wang magnificently mastered tiny, swirling notes that evoked glass wind-chimes. She impressively found the beauty in the melodies and imagery with mature refinement.
Kudos to Ms. Shiran Wang, a pianist with a very bright future on major, global concert stages.