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Track Listing:

1
Ravel: La Valse
 
2
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D Major [24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87]
 
3
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor [24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87]
 
4
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob.XVI 52 I. Allegro
 
5
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob.XVI 52 II. Adagio
 
6
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob.XVI 52 III. Finale - Presto
 
7
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 I. Allegro inquieto
 
8
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 II. Andante caloroso
 
9
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 III. Precipitato
 
10
Shchedrin: Two Polyphonic Pieces, No. 1 Two-part Invention
 
11
Shchedrin: Two Polyphonic Pieces, No. 2 Basso Ostinato
 

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PIANIST WEI LUO ANNOUNCES MAJOR LABEL DEBUT SET TO RELEASE ON AUGUST 30, 2019 VIA DECCA GOLD

Award-winning pianist Wei Luo announces the release of her self-titled debut album after signing to Decca Gold in Spring 2018. Wei Luo reflects her passion for Russian music and devotion to the classical era; it is set to release on August 30 and the first single Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 III. Precipitato is out now. 

Wei began piano lessons when she was four years old. A year later, she gave her debut recital in Hong Kong and international acclaim soon followed. At ten years old, Wei made her orchestral debut with the Shanghai Philharmonic and later opened its 2011 season with a performance of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3, a work she still champions today. Another early milestone was being accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she continues to study while preparing for her major label debut at the age of 20. Wei recently received the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Award and was named one of WQXR's "19 for ‘19" artists to watch for her "pyrotechnical virtuosity." 

Wei's love for Russian music started before she began learning how to play the piano. "When I was young, my mom took me to see Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty and all those beautiful Tchaikovsky ballets. I was really attracted to that style - the melodies, and the earthy and tragic qualities speak very strongly to me," reminisces Wei. This admiration is represented on her album with multiple Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Shchedrin pieces. 

Wei also included the well-known Piano Sonata in E flat by Haydn, reflecting her devotion to the classical era. The album begins with another piece with orchestral connections - Ravel's solo piano version of La Valse, where Wei deliberately seeks to create the sounds of the winds, brass, and strings at the keyboard to recreate Ravel's array of colors and textures. She even adds notes from the orchestral score to further evoke the sounds of the varied instruments.