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The critical success (so far) of Naxos’ Sarasate series has established Tianwa Yang as one of the foremost violinists of her generation and one of the best-selling Naxos artists. With the final volumes of the Music for Violin and Orchestra and Music for Violin and Piano released in November 2013 and this month (respectively), we can proudly present the first complete collection of the famous violinist’s works.

The Spanish violinist Pablo Sarasate inspired music from a number of composers, including Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Bruch, Joachim and Wieniawski. In common with other virtuoso performers, like Joachim and Wieniawski, he wrote music for his own use. A number of his violin compositions have remained an essential part of virtuoso repertoire. These include pieces with a Spanish or gypsy flavour in addition to the expected series of operatic fantasies that are generally heard less often today.

Naxos 8.572709
SARASATE Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 4
Tianwa Yang, Hadulla

The finale to this critically-acclaimed four-disc series contains some of Sarasate’s greatest – and also some of his rarest – transcriptions and arrangements, some of which have been in the repertoire of violinists since they were published. They include a delectable Chopin sequence, arrangements inspired by the music of French Baroque violinists, an early and beautifully constructedSouvenirs de Faust based on Gounod, and Sarasate’s own favourite concert piece, Raff’s La fée d’amour. “Yang throws off merciless chains of double stops and finger-crippling arabesques with scintillating aplomb … simply inimitable … Bravo!” (BBC Music Magazineon Volume 3, 8.570893)

Previous Releases of the Sarasate Collection

Naxos 8.572276
SARASATE Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol. 4
Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony Orchestra, Martinez Izquierdo

Pizzicato 5-stars

This volume concludes Tianwa Yang’s internationally acclaimed series of recordings of Pablo de Sarasate’s works for violin and orchestra. This stunning programme includes the popular Introduction et Tarantelle and two delightful jotas. Sarasate’s scintillating flying staccato technique is heard in the Fantaisie on Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’, while Le Rêve is a remarkable work in every way. “Yang is splendidly equipped as a Sarasate violinist, with her clear tone, pure intonation, impressive dexterity and light touch…startlingly beautiful.” (Gramophone on Volume 3, 8.572275)

“Violinist Tianwa Yang is here to take us on another first-class ride down the Sarasate Express.” – MusicWeb International

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Naxos 8.572275
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 3
Tianwa Yang • Navarre Symphony Orchestra
Ernest Martinez Izquierdo


Acclaimed as ‘an uncommonly brilliant young violinist’ Tianwa Yang continues her highly praised survey of Pablo de Sarasate’s music for violin and orchestra. His Magic Flute Fantasy is a masterpiece of the genre à la Paganini, while the Gounod Fantasy (his second) is a miracle of lightness. The highly popular Navarra, the charming Muiñiera with its bagpipe effects, the bewitching Venetian Barcarolle and the Introduction et Caprice-Jota with its barcarolle-like beginning and dancing finale coming thrillingly to life on this album. “Tianwa Yang is a sensationally talented young violinist. She has technique to burn…Best of all, she has a beautiful tone in cantabile phrases and a really seductive way with rubato that conveys emotion without distorting the rhythm” (David Hurwitz/ on Volume 2, 8.572216).

Naxos 8.572216
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 2
Tianwa Yang • Navarre Symphony Orchestra
Ernest Martinez Izquierdo


Dazzlingly virtuosic fireworks, spirited passion and astonishing technique combine in the youthful Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang who leaves the critics grasping for superlatives whenever she plays. In this second volume of Naxos’s cycle of Sarasate’s complete works for violin and orchestra she again teams with the orchestra founded by the legendary Spanish violinist-composer in 1879 to present two of his orchestral masterpieces, the famous Carmen Fantasy and the sadly neglected Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, as well as several other utterly delightful, and fiendishly difficult, concert pieces.

Naxos 8.572191
SARASATE Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol. 1
Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony Orchestra, Martinez Izquierdo

Her recordings of Sarasate’s music for violin and piano (8.557767, 8.570192) have earned the young violinist Tianwa Yang praise for her ‘great polish and confidence’, American Record Guide describing her playing as ‘perfect’. This disc is her first volume of the Spanish virtuoso-composer’s music for violin and orchestra, a delightful survey of some of his most bewitching and demanding creations. Albert Spalding’s description of Sarasate’s playing could well apply to Tianwa Yang’s interpretations: ‘His violin sang like a thrush, and his incomparable ease tossed aside difficulties’.

Naxos 8.570893
SARASATE Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 3
Tianwa Yang, Hadulla


Tianwa Yang’s admired and revelatory Sarasate series continues with a volume of captivatingly melodic compositions. Given Sarasate’s prodigious status in the violin pantheon, technical demands on the performer are often – but not universally – constant. But so too is his unfailing gift for lyricism, whether in the elegant Boléro, the balletic Sérénade andalouse or the aria-like Rêverie. The dazzling bowing difficulties in the Fantaisie-Caprice are thrilling, and so are the bird call harmonics of Los pájaros de Chile, written during a South American tour and only very recently published.

Naxos 8.570192
SARASATE Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2
Tianwa Yang, Hadulla

One of the great violinists of his generation, Pablo Sarasate not only inspired concertos and other works for solo violin from the leading composers of his time, but himself contributed to violin repertoire, not least in his operatic fantasies, many of which have suffered neglect since his death. In 2004 the violinist Tianwa Yang was awarded the ‘Star of Tomorrow’ prize of the Volkswagenstiftung (China) from Seiji Ozawa.

Naxos 8.557767
SARASATE Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1
Tianwa Yang, Hadulla

Among the great virtuoso violinists of his generation, Pablo Sarasate not only inspired concertos and other works for solo violin from leading contemporary composers, but demonstrated his incredible skill in a series of compositions based on dances from his native Spain. This recording is devoted principally to works of this kind, in which he made full use of his own incomparable technical command of the instrument. In 2004 the violinist Tianwa Yang was awarded the prize of Best Young Violinist in China by Seiji Ozawa.

About the Artists

“His works show [… ]the lightest and most elegant aspects of the violin: it’s so often so delicate, so very fine and detailed and sensitive… I think these are terrific works” – Tianwa Yang

Tianwa Yang Biography & Discography

Navarre Symphony Orchestra Biography & Discography

Ernest Martinez Izquierdo Biography & Discography

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