A tran­scen­dent tal­ent

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Mark Swed says Yuja Wang is “on the path to be­com­ing one of the world’s most im­por­tant pi­anists” [“A Thrilling Ad­ven­ture,” June 5]. I’d go fur­ther. I’ve been through Horowitz, Ru­bin­stein, Van Cliburn, Schn­abel. I think Yuja Wang is spec­tac­u­lar be­yond all of them.

See­ing her per­form the Bar­tok con­cer­tos this week and, last year, the Ravel G Ma­jor and the Gersh­win Rhap­sody, con­vinced me that she is be­yond com­par­i­son. Ev­ery piece she plays is like hear­ing it for the first time. And, of course, ev­ery­thing she wears is like see­ing it for the first time.

Bob Klein Foun­da­tion for New Amer­i­can Mu­si­cals, Culver City

Allen J. Sch­aben Los An­ge­les Times

YUJA WANG and L.A. Phil­har­monic con­duc­tor Gus­tavo Du­damel bask in post-Bartók adu­la­tion.

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