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EXCLUSIVE: Pianist Joyce Yang on New York Philharmonic's 'Spanish Nights' Program

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Mar 30, 2016 03:12 PM EDT

Premiering tonight, March 30, pianist Joyce Yang and the New York Philharmonic under maestro Bramwell Tovey will take to David Geffen Hall to perform iconic pieces from Falla and Massenet.

Dubbed Spanish Nights, the program will feature music from Le Cid and Falla's illustrious Nights in the Garden of Spain and The Three-Three Cornered Hat proper. Also performing alongside the New York Phil is mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez.

The idea behind the concert is to transport the audience to "perfumed palace gardens" by utilizing the various motifs and concepts associated with Spanish classical and opera. In an interview here at Classicalite with Ms. Joyce Yang, the pianist discussed the various intricacies of Spanish compositions and what makes them so dynamically pleasing.

Perhaps it's like human emotion, in that our feelings and experiences with the world we live in are conducive to different emotional conditions. Dynamic pieces like Nights in the Garden of Spain are an example of this kind of high versus low arc.

Joyce Yang, of course, is one of the youngest contenders in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in which she placed second in 2005. A Steinway artist and winner of the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Yang is a dynamic performer who usually exists in the folds of Rachmaninoff.

And Ms. Yang even compared the Spanish program to orchestrations like Rachmaninoff, utilizing the high-to-low-to-high dynaminc normally associated with pieces in the Spanish sector.

Discussing the intricacies of each piece and just how excited she is to reunite with the New York Phil for another evening, Classicalite was fortunate enough to pull Ms. Yang away from her busy schedule to sit down and discuss everything from our feelings to the monumental qualities of Falla.

Check out our minutes with Ms. Yang in a video below (or in the podcast above) and be sure to purchase your tickets to the event before the sell out.

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