Yuja Wang is a Chinese classical pianist. Born in 1987 in Beijing, she began studying piano at the age of six, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at the age of seven. She later continued her studies at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. She has since collaborated with many major symphonies, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. She has released four CDs on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Also, hot damn.




Tori Amos - “Nautical Twilight.”

I have not been able to hear, look or read anything about the “Night Of Hunters” album without hysterically crying. It has struck a deep nerve.

Hélène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta have recorded their first album together for Deutsche Grammophon. It’s a musical sensation!

Every so often, a musical encounter sees a truly astonishing “musico-biological” process take place. The meeting of the pianist Hélène Grimaud and the cellist Sol Gabetta last summer at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad was one such rare encounter. Two charismatic stars made music together: two performers who play with such a combination of passion and intelligence that time after time they made the classics sound as contemporary as if composed today.

These two stars of classical music recorded a selection of masterpieces by Schumann, Brahms, Debussy and Shostakovich for Deutsche Grammophon. Learn more about the album here:

Martha Argerich 74th Birthday Countdown | 18 days to go.

Talking about Martha’s most important musical partnerships one can never forget to mention the renowed classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, which was the very first label to drag the ever so hateful towards the recording studio artist to their recording studio in 1967, not long after her winning of the Chopin International Piano Competiton in 1965.

Unlike many artists (such as Glenn Gould) that have a special love for the recording studio Martha has always been somehow skepticall about it. Even with her stage panic she would rather be recorded live than be inside those four walls playing on her own. Maybe being alone is her problem.

But even with that, and even with her one time almost being sued for owing two records to the yellow label, she has recorded for more than 100 different records of it and the label’s ramification DECCA (included in this solo, live and compilations). It is the label the pianist has recorded the most for.

As big as her collection with the label is, in 2008 Deutsche Grammophon released the first of 4 box sets called The Martha Argerich Collection that include 20 records of the yellow label and 7 records it bought rights to Phillip’s Recordings. This is a way that the label has used to give the general public some of the artist’s most notable recordings in a compact edition.

Some of her recordings have also been featured in the label’s 50 Classical Masterworks, 100 Classical Masterworks, The Originals Legendary Recordings From Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue, 111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon and other compilations.

Martha’s artist page on the label’s online shop is a great place to get some general information of her and learn a little bit more about her musical career. (x)

  • Schumann: Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61, 2. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
  • Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado
  • Schumann: Claudio Abbado

Robert Schumann: Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61, 2. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)

Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado

In the year of his 80th birthday, Claudio Abbado releases another album with the Orchestra Mozart: Schumann’s Symphony No.2. This album is Abbado’s first recording of a Schumann Symphony on Deutsche Grammophon and will be released this June. It was recorded at Vienna’s Musikverein in November 2012.
Discover the album here!

Deutsche Grammophon gave me this lovely track in honor of Schumann’s birthday (thanks, DG, for reminding me!). If you aren’t signed up as a ~free!!~ member go do so and get really neat music!