"Wang, a young and rather glamorous Chinese pianist, knows how to play American music... Her approach is careful and technically amazing, but with plenty of fire as well. The orchestra matches her sound perfectly, too, in a flawless partnership... The soundstage is spacious, but not as vast as I’ve heard from other Chandos recordings; the piano is right up front, and none of the orchestra gets lost. The low and middle ranges are rich, and the top is present but not too bright."
Stephen Estep - American Record Guide - March/April 2014
“… Wang is a lovely young performer. She basically is a Romantic pianist, with a warm tone and liquid phrasing. Even in the jazzier parts of the Copland and the Gershwin, which she identifies with completely, her sound remains rounded. She is an excellent musician. Her sense of structure is secure… She posses all the ingredients of a promising young artist – it will be interesting to watch her maturation and the progress of her career… I never have heard the Royal Scottish National Orchestra play as well as they do here for their new music director. Oundjian’s conducting has sweep and grandeur, with no shortage of attention to detail. Let’s hope that his association with Chandos continues. For now, Wang and Oundjian have given us a disc of American piano concertos worth celebrating …” - Dave Saemann
“…recommended …” – Phillip Scott
“…strongly endorsed.” – Peter J Rabinowitz
“…The soloist, Xiayin Wang, delivers the goods with a winning combination of taste and dazzling technique… Peter Oundijan … seems to be an unappreciated conductor. He has an excellent ear for balance and color, but is not an especially flashy musician, which, in the world of high-octane orchestral performance, does not take one to the front of the public stage. This recording reminds me why I admire him; he and his soloist find natural, flowing tempos, excellent clarity of texture, and attractive highlighting of the soloists in this world-class ensemble. Add the usual fine engineering from Chandos and you have yourselves a winner of a release.” - Peter Burwasser
Fanfare – March/April 2014
Recording of the Month
"...This disc makes a fascinating traversal of the 20th Century American piano concerto ...an interesting and potentially important memento of Oundjian’s first year with the RSNO. More than that, these are really excellent performances."
Simon Thompson - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2014
"... the three American piano concertos on this splendidly recorded and msterly performed new release from Xiayin Wang are undoubtedly masterworks of the highest calibre. Gershwin’s only fully-laid out piano concerto boasts several recordings, but his one, not only because of the razor-sharp orchestral playing is among the very finest ... a clear first choice." *****
Marius Dawn - Pianist magazine - February/March 2014
"Xiayin Wang has impressed before, in music by Earl Wild and Rachmaninov. Good though those discs were, one feels she has properly come into her own with the present offering of American piano concertos. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra plays superbly under its new music director, Peter Oundijian ... A most rewarding disc, and further evidence of the talent of Wang."
Colin Clarke - Piano Internatonal magazine - January/February 2014
“…Barber’s electrifying and athletically awesome Concerto (1962) opens the disc. You only have to hear the soloist’s first entry to know that in Xiayin Wang you have a virtuoso with all the power and pizzazz to encompass the work’s demands - and more. It’s an exhilarating ride which does not relax its grip from beginning to end - and the Chandos sound packs a real punch ... a fine, detailed and stylish account of this much-recorded work that can sit confidently among the best."
Jeremy Nicholas - Gramophone magazine - December 2013
" ... the Copeland and Gershwin works receive performances as good as any around, and the Barber remains a fascinating curio"
Graham Rickson - the ArtsDesk.com - 9 November 2013
Performance ****½ Sonics *****
"A wonderful release that should make new friends for two neglected concertos... Wholeheartedly recommended."
Grahams Williams - SA-CD.net - 5 October 2013
East meets west in spectacular style! Not having heard any of the three concerti before, I was quite hesitant before buying what turned out to be a superb disc, both in terms of its engineering and its artistic aspects. Topmarks to all; but I must give a special mention to the soloist for her playing of these works, which weave together seemingly disparate styles: lyricism, jazz, and occasional modernistic dissonances. Bravo!