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David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Tianwa Yang, is one of the most prodigiously gifted violinists of our time, this remarkable DVD offering two frequently performed concertos for the instrument. From the opening violin entry in the Tchaikovsky concerto, you realise we have embarked on a masterclass of violin technique. For those who play a string instrument, the sight of her bowing arm is something to drool over, for it is perfect in every way, while the tone she can command achieved without undue force. By the time we reach the first movement cadenza, we have seen the agility of her left hand, and now as it flies around the fingerboard with harmonics perfectly centered so that they ring like beautiful bells. It is a highly energised finale…Then it is pure transformation for the Brahms concerto, her interpretation belonging to those who offer Germanic weight and tonal warmth…Then to crown that performance she gave the audience a lengthy encore with Ysaye’s fiendishly difficult Third Sonata, played with both fire and brilliance…under the watchful guidance of Vladimir Lande, the [orchestra] offer very responsive support. Remarkable. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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