In many ways, Yuja Wang is the Jimi Hendrix of classical pianists. It’s not just that the Chinese pianist is fast — she is among the most dazzling speed demons on the planet — it’s that she also plays with a nuanced touch that’s unrivaled by other pianists. Like Hendrix, Wang is unafraid of upending tradition, in her case by pushing tempos and arrangements far beyond the limits of space and time obeyed by more staid recitalists. With L.A. Phil, she reprises composer John Adams’ Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? (which she and the orchestra premiered back in March), a propulsive, arty, curiously compelling and at times even bluesy concerto that she imbues with alternating moments of strangeness and beauty. The avant-garde work is a febrile contrast to the more traditional pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff she’s ravaged in the past, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel bookends it with Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes and Stravinsky’s ever-startling The Rite of Spring.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.; Thurs., Nov. 7, 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 8, 11 a.m.; $20-$254. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com.