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‘Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major is undoubtedly one of the greatest concertos ever written for violin. It was an unforgettable experience for me to record this concerto together with the Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor with Maestro Antoni Wit, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Gabriel Schwabe in the famous Jesus-Christus-Kirche in Berlin. Recording in this church was particularly special, considering all the great Karajan recordings that were made at the same place!’

Tianwa Yang, violin

‘Recording these Brahms concertos with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin was particularly satisfying for many reasons. It was a great opportunity to work again with the excellent DSO, whom I conducted for the first time in 1971 when I won the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition. Following the competition I worked with the orchestra frequently on radio broadcasts and in live concerts, and during this recording I found them on their best form. It was also important for me to meet the two young wonderful soloists – Tianwa Yang and Gabriel Schwabe – in these masterpieces of Brahms. I invited them immediately to perform Brahms with the Orquestra de Navarra in Spain where they gave an impressive performance. I am certain this recording will be also very well received.’

Antoni Wit, conductor

Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Violin Concerto, Op. 77
Double Concerto, Op. 102 *

Tianwa Yang, Violin
Gabriel Schwabe, Cello *
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Antoni Wit

Brahms’ string concertos are indissolubly linked with the musicians for whom the works were written. He wrote his Violin Concerto for Joseph Joachim, and in it he combined what a contemporary critic termed ‘the great and serious’ with songful lyricism, melodic beauty, and a fiery Hungarian finale. To mend a breach with the violinist, Brahms later composed a concerto with the unusual combination of violin and cello, the latter played at the premiere by Joachim’s colleague Robert Hausmann. Neither instrument predominates in a work of reconciliation that perfectly embodies both drama and reflection.

About the Artists
Tianwa Yang was the recipient of the ECHO Klassik 2015 Best Instrumentalist (violin) and Best Up-and-Coming Artist 2014 Awards for her  Naxos recordings of Ysaÿe's Sonatas for Solo Violin (8.572995) and Mendelssohn’s two Violin Concertos (8.572662). She has also recorded Sarasate’s complete music for violin (8.504046 and 8.504054), Rihm’s Complete Works for Violin and Piano (8.572730), Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (8.573135), and Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole with Juan Manén’s Concierto español (8.573067).
Gabriel Schwabe has established himself among the leading cellists of his generation. As a soloist, he has worked with major orchestras in Europe, with conductors including Marek Janowski, Cornelius Meister, Marc Soustrot and Lars Vogt. In 2010 Gabriel Schwabe gave his recital debut at the Wigmore Hall in London. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Kronberg Festival and the Amsterdam Biennale.
Antoni Wit, one of the most highly regarded Polish conductors and a champion of Polish music, has produced over 200 recordings. He received the Record Academy Award 2005 from the Japanese music magazine Record Geijutsu for Penderecki’s Polish Requiem (8.557386-87), and four Fryderyk Awards of the Polish Phonographic Academy. In 2012 he received a GRAMMY® Award for Penderecki’s Fonogrammi, Horn Concerto and Partita (8.572482).
For more than 70 years the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) has distinguished itself as one of Germany’s leading orchestras. The ensemble is unique both for the variety of its work and its particular emphasis on contemporary repertoire. Its discography features many award-winning releases, including the 2011 GRAMMY® Award for Best Opera Recording for the production of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin.
More recordings featuring Tianwa Yang, Gabriel Schwabe and Antoni Wit
‘Yet again in her Sarasate series for Naxos, Tianwa Yang continues to delight us with her magnificent musicianship.’
MusicWeb International
8.573812
RIHM, W.:
Lichtzwang
(In memoriam Paul Celan)
Dritte Musik • Gedicht des Malers

Yang • Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz • Mueller
‘Once again, Tianwa Wang shows her outstanding technical abilities and strong interpretative solutions for this modern repertoire. The support by the orchestra is excellent too, and so this is a valuable addition to the
Rihm discography.’
Pizzicato ★★★★★
8.572662
MENDELSSOHN, F.:
Violin Concertos
Violin Sonata in F Minor

Yang • Descharmes
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä
Gallois
‘Tianwa Yang is one of the best violinists of the new century ... Great violinists combine the head and the heart. On this recording a great violinist is at work.’
MusicWeb International
8.573489
BRAHMS, J.:
Cello Sonatas and Songs

Schwabe • Rimmer
‘…energetic and teeming with bravura, the contrapuntal strands well delineated—with a clear
recording to boot.’
The Strad
★★★★
‘Saint-Saëns found a perfect fusion of form and function, and in turn Tianwa Yang is the ideal modern interpreter.’
MusicWeb International
8.573786
SCHUMANN, R.:
Cello Concerto
Works for Cello and Piano

Schwabe • Royal Northern Sinfonia
Vogt • Rimmer
‘Gabriel Schwabe … is one of the most promising cellists of his generation …
It is beautiful to hear how this young and exquisite musician lets the cello dance and sing smoothly in the concerto.’
Klara ★★★★
8.572482
PENDERECKI, K.:
Fonogrammi • Horn Concerto
Partita • The Awakening of Jacob
Anaklasis • De natura sonoris

Janik • Montone • Stefańska
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra • Wit
★★★★★
★★★★
‘Any of Antoni Wit’s Penderecki recordings for Naxos deserves recognition: they are
uniformly superb.’
ClassicsToday.com
8.573061
BRAHMS, J.:
Ein Deutsches Requiem

Libor • Bauer • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir • Wit
★★★★★
★★★★
‘Impressive account of a great choral work … Wit shows an expert’s hand in shaping the contours of Brahms’ masterwork.’
Audio Video Club of Atlanta
Also available in Blu-ray Audio (NBD0039)
8.557981
SZYMANOWSKI, K.:
Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Nocturne and Tarantella

Kaler
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Wit
‘Kaler is a superb violinist, and Wit’s Warsaw Orchestra is perfectly attuned to the lucid, post-Impressionist palette of Szymanowski.’
The Buffalo News


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