Sat. September 27, 2014, 8 PM
Jordan Hall,
New England Conservatory

Jue Wang 王珏, piano








Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23


Barcarolle, Op. 10, No. 3
Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36 (Original Version)

JUE WANG, pianist

Born in Shanghai, pianist Jue Wang has been concertizing regularly in his native country since the age of ten. Recent First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the XVth Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition, Mr. Wang is rapidly garnering attention as a gifted young performer who has already made successful debuts at many prestigious venues around the globe.

As winner of the Santander Competition, Mr. Wang receives a generous cash prize, a recording distributed by Naxos and an extensive concert and recital tours with more than 100 performances offered through the competition. Highlights include debuts at New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Wigmore Hall. Additional recitals are scheduled for Hannover NDR Hall in Germany, Bilbao Sociedad Filarmónica, Zaragoza Auditorio de Congresos in Spain, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Warsaw's Penderecki and Santander's International Festivals, as well as venues in Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Panama and Mexico. Mr. Wang is slated for concerto performances with the Oviedo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Spanish Radio and Television, Murcia Regional, Colombia National and National Dominican Republic Symphony Orchestras.

During the 2008-2009 season, Jue Wang presented his Madrid debut recital at the Auditorio Nacional de Música and his Valencia concert debut at the Palau des Arts, performing with the Palau des Arts Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta. He gave recitals at the Úbeda International Festival, Santander Palacio de Festivales, Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany, Sintra International Festival in Portugal, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, the Córdoba Rafael Orozco International Piano Festival and performed the inaugural concerts at the Badajoz Festival Ibérico and at the Oviedo International Piano Festial "Luis G. Iberni". Critics have praised his "self-confidence and concentration on the stage...his confidence and maturity are evident during his performances" (Diario Córdoba) and have highlighted his "Virtuoso abilities, [he] read with unusual clarity and brilliance" (Heraldo de Aragón).

In addition to the Santander prize, Mr. Wang also received First Prize at the 51st International Piano Competition María Canals in Barcelona. Mr. Wang received a Masters Degree in 2009 from the Shanghai Conservatory. He is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Marc Silverman in the Artist Diploma Program.


September 28, 2014

Jue Wang and the Limits of Color
by David Moran

Jue Wang may be a pianist markedly attuned to color and harmony, more than most anyway. Last Saturday night at Jordan Hall he gave a Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts recital featuring Chopin and Rachmaninoff—among other things note-perfect, as one admirer put it afterward. The four Chopin Ballades, although written over a decade-plus, were presented 4, 2, 3, 1 by Wang in a single gesture, to take us on a journey from C major to F minor to F major to A minor to A-flat major to G minor. After intermission Rachmaninoff picked up with G major, Barcarolle opus 10 no. 3, and closed with B-flat minor, Sonata no. 2 in its original version. (I’m not as sensitive to key and harmony as I need to be, so some of this effect was reduced if not lost.)

But a large problem was the Ballades themselves. Not easy to reveal, and complex in argument, they have been eschewed by more than one leading Chopin pianist. The seriously contrapuntal Fourth is structurally most intricate, yet none of them is readily understood, except from a pianist with a firmer sense of form. And however adept Wang was digitally, the larger problem was that he just didn’t play very coherently. He lacked line and song long and short, propulsion and forward motion; many textures were opaque if not messy; some overpedaling did no favors to already chopped phrasing, unspotlit passages, excessively staggered-hand rhythms. Segmentation was the order of the evening. Sometimes one hand almost disappeared, although not the one you were anticipating. There were colors and many lovely, grandly quiet cadences, and notably gracious mezzoforte endings where everyone else pounces and often pounds. Wang moreover caught some of Chopin’s characteristic irritation, in David Dubal’s insightful phrase. The occasional passage would indeed blaze with hues. But mostly, by measure and by section, it sounded fitful and felt undercooked.

The Rachmaninoff Barcarolle was, again, halt, wanting lilt, and the Second Sonata kept losing momentum, as Wang appeared sometimes to micropause to think and collect himself. But then, as this piece sodden in length and texture (the notes cited the composer’s own opinion of it) kept on going, Wang gained poise and brio, relaxed a bit, enjoyed both himself playing and the work played as much as was feasible. A nicer memory to leave the audience.

Resonating like Grieg in China , the similarly modest encore, a popular transcription by Jianzhong Wang of the folksong “Liu Yang River,” came with unadorned affection.

David Moran has been an occasional Boston-area music critic for 45 years, with special interest in the keyboard.


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