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Édouard LALO (1823–1892)
Joan MANÉN (1883–1971)
Tianwa Yang, Violin
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
These two concertos – one a staple of the repertoire, the other almost unknown – share melodic richness and a Spanish influence. Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole reflects the quicksilver technique of its dedicatee, Pablo de Sarasate, in its ingenious and virtuosic passagework, with its moods and rhythms indelibly Iberian in feel.
More acclaimed releases by Tianwa Yang
YSAŸE, E.: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27
Eugène Ysaÿe was a towering figure in the history of the violin. He also composed a number of important works, most inspirationally the cycle of Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, which rank among the greatest and most demanding of the twentieth century. Each is dedicated to a fellow violinist and friend, whose style of performance and musical preoccupations they reflect. Echoes of Bach are present, as are dance motifs, and virtuoso figuration, reflecting the eminence of the dedicatees.
“Tianwa Yang negotiates the musical and technical chicanery of Ysaÿe’s six solo Sonatas with great aplomb.”
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Tianwa Yang, SWR Symphony, Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Boer
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.
“I was riveted by the playing of Tianwa Yang. Here is a young woman who is already a mature artist and not just a performing machine.”
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos / Violin Sonata in F Minor
Tianwa Yang, Descharmes, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, P. Gallois
Filled with Mendelssohn’s signature freshness and lightness of touch, the Violin Concerto in D minor and the Sonata, Op 4 are youthful products but written with an assurance which is startling in its maturity. The substantial earlier concerto gives a foretaste of the originality and soaring inspiration which has made the Violin Concerto, Op 64 one of the most enduring works of its age. Acclaimed as “an unquestioned master of the violin” (American Record Guide), Tianwa Yang has quickly established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist, with highly acclaimed discs of works by Sarasate, Piazzolla and Wolfgang Rihm.
“Tianwa Yang is one of the best violinists of the new century … The great concerto in E minor is phenomenally played: a recording which can be compared favorably to any other on the market.”
RIHM, W.: Violin and Piano Works
Tianwa Yang, Rimmer
Wolfgang Rihm is one of the world’s most eminent and prolific composers. His works for violin and piano encompass almost his entire compositional career, from Hekton in 1972 to the solo violin Über die Linie VII in 2006. Each draws on a wide range of influences, from folk-like moments, embedded quotations and dazzlingly virtuosic episodes. They reflect the breadth of Rihm’s various changing styles, which are almost unique in today’s music in marrying contemporary technique with emotionally powerful resonances.
“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.”
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 3"
Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, 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 theIntroduction 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/ClassicsToday.com on Volume 2, 8.572216).
“Yang is splendidly equipped as a Sarasate violinist, with her clear tone, pure intonation, impressive dexterity and light touch.”
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