John J. Puccio
, August 2014
…Howard Zhang…is dynamic and virtuosic; the accompaniment from the Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia under the direction of Tajuo Yuasa appears fairly refined and accommodating; and, best of all, the sound is among the best Naxos has done.
The Symphonie espagnole is especially engrossing, not only because it doesn’t get recorded nearly as often as it should but because Mr Zhang plays it so enthusiastically. Despite its title, the so-called “symphonie” is actually a concerto for violin, and as such it amply displays the violinist’s prowess with his instrument. Zhang is quite brilliant…The performance is full of energy and verve, directly and simply communicated.
Naxos’s sound is wide ranging and reasonably natural…I have no hesitation recommending this Naxos issue at an affordable price. © 2014 Classical Candor Read complete review