“These two concertos by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco are absolutely fantastic music and I actually do not understand why they have been almost forgotten for so many years.
They require a very virtuosic technique from the violinist to sound both brilliant and at complete ease at the same time. My favourite parts are the two slow movements in which Castelnuovo-Tedesco adds something unique to the harmonic structure that gives his music a very special touch. Pure romantic indulgence!”
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco considered the 1924 Concerto Italiano to be his first truly symphonic venture. This tuneful, fresh and transparently scored concerto here receives its world première recording. It was admired by the great violinist Jascha Heifetz, for whom the composer wrote his Concerto No. 2 ‘I Profeti’ (The Prophets), an impassioned work ‘of biblical character and inspiration’ with an almost cinematic sweep. The recipient of the coveted Echo Klassik award for her album of Mendelssohn’s two Violin Concertos [8.572662], Tianwa Yang is widely recognised as one of the outstanding rising stars on the world classical music scene.
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Listen to an extract from Concerto Italiano: II. Arioso
About the Artists
Described as “an unquestioned master of the violin” (American Record Guide) who “rises above her competition” (Fanfare), Tianwa Yang has quickly established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist. She was winner of the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics 2014 and the prestigious ECHO Klassik Best Newcomer Award 2014 for her Naxos recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concertos. Most recently she released the complete Solo Sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe, which won her a nomination for the 2015 International Classical Music Awards. Of her previously released 8-disc set of Pablo de Sarasate’s complete works for violin, Gramophone affirmed that “Yang proves simply inimitable.”
Pieter-Jelle de Boer first drew international attention as a prizewinner at the 2010 Antonio Pedrotti competition for orchestra conductors in Trento, Italy. Based in France, he is a returning guest conductor of orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, the South Netherlands Philharmonic and the National Orchestra of Bordeaux-Aquitaine.
The SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg is renowned for its commitment to artistic innovation, new performers and new works. The orchestra has given the premières of some 400 compositions and boasts a discography comprising more than six hundred works, spanning three centuries.
“You could scarcely do better than this CD…Tianwa Yang and Nicholas Rimmer sound quite at home, even in the most difficult passages, and imbue these works with emotion, as well as meeting their technical challenges with aplomb.” – BBC Music Magazine
“Tianwa Yang’s best album yet, which is really saying something, given she is a 22-year-old prodigy whose technical perfection is surpassed by her technicolor sound and emotional fire… from ‘Navarra’ to album’s end, the music and playing are so electric there were probably sparks flying off the violin.” – MusicWeb International
“…what makes this release so distinctive is Yang’s unfailing purpose: every note counts, even within the densest thickets of finger-contorting contrapuntal lines, with the result that one can’t help but devour the disc in a single sitting.” – The Strad
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