Folding Time
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Pianist Clara Yang performs works by composers that explore the connection between past and present.

Chinese-American pianist Clara Yang offers a recording of works for solo piano for her second disc on Albany Records. Folding time explores the connection between the past and the present. American composers Robert Muczynski, Timo Andres, and Phil Young have distinct compositional styles, yet their works contain elements that convey a sense of nostalgia for past musical eras — particularly the Romantic. The three modern pieces are interspersed with two major 19th century Romantic works by Chopin and Schumann. Anachronistic forays are often part of the compositional landscape today. We look back to the past, but the past is also alive in our present day. Praised for her "effortless and smooth" technique and her "devastatingly limpid and pliable" tone, Ms. Yang has performed in notable venues and series around the world. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Eastman Philharmonia, the Longview Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony; has presented solo recitals in numerous major conservatories, universities, and music festivals internationally and has appeared as a collaborative artist with many noted performers. She will give the world premiere performance of a new concerto by Chen Yi with the China Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2016-17 season. A graduate of Eastman, Yale, and the University of Southern California, Ms. Yang is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Robert Muczynski, composer
Maverick Pieces, Op. 37
Clara Yang, piano

Timo Andres, composer
How can I live in your world of ideas?
Clara Yang, piano

Frédéric Chopin, composer
Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Clara Yang, piano

Phil Young, composer
Reflection on a Tang Poem
Clara Yang, piano

Robert Schumann, composer
Humoreske, Op. 20
Clara Yang, piano

Critic's Choice 2016 American Record Guide

WINNER - Gold Medal, Global Music Awards

“Yang’s style is extraordinarily lively, awake, and aware of the music’s inner connec-tions, the use of ‘turnaround’ phrases and the like….Like so many young pianists, she has a flawless technique, but she possesses qualities that many of the others don’t, particular-ly her way of incorporating the most difficult technical passages into the ongoing musical discourse and a long view of the music in terms of structure. She also has a gorgeous pi-ano tone….A first-rate recital by a first-rate pianist who knows her stuff and isn’t afraid of challenges.” (Fanfare)

“Yang’s technique and range is impressive here, and she proves herself adept at the mu-sic of the present and the past. And, as should be expected from a recording that takes time as its theme, she also demonstrates incredible rhythmic accuracy. …Excellent pro-gram, gorgeous sound.” (American Record Guide)
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