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Yuja Wang dazzles in pounding new John Adams concerto / Washington Post

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There were only two moments of true, reflective stillness during last night's Los Angeles Philharmonic program at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. One occurred when pianist Yuja Wang held the audience spellbound with her diaphanous reading of John Adams's "China Gates" for solo piano, distilling every ounce of neoimpressionist perfume from this early-career work. She played this piece as an encore after the world premiere of Adams's latest, an L.A.-Philharmonic-commissioned score, the piano concerto "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?", which provided the evening's other instance of rapt repose.
PHOTOS: WANG (Ian Douglas/Los Angeles Philharmonic) Dudamel (Sam Comen/Los Angeles Philharmonic)

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