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Tianwa Yang
“Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole has been one of my favourite and most performed concertos in the last ten years and recording it with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and Darrell Ang was just an incredible and memorable experience for me. The work is a wonderful mixture of Spanish temperament and French nobleness, and perfectly combines beautiful lyrical tunes with many virtuosic, firework passages on the solo violin. A great treat and source of enjoyment both for the violinist and the listeners!

It is very puzzling to me why the Concierto espagñol by Joan Manén remains unknown, even among violinists. It is brilliantly written for the solo violin and beautifully orchestrated, a must-have for all Spanish music lovers like me!”

Tianwa Yang

LALO, É.: Symphonie espagnole / MANÉN, J.: Violin Concerto No. 1
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Édouard LALO (1823–1892)
Symphonie espagnole

Joan MANÉN (1883–1971)
Concierto español

Tianwa Yang, Violin
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Darrell Ang

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.
Joan Manén, in his day almost as famous as his fellow Catalan Pau Casals, was an admired virtuoso violinist and a prominent composer. His Concierto español, the first of three violin concertos, is suffused with technical demands, lyric warmth, and rhapsodic nostalgia. Soloist Tianwa Yang’s Sarasate recordings have received international acclaim.

Listen to an extract from Manén's Concierto espagñol:
III. Allegro molto

About the Artists
Tianwa Yang
Winner of the prestigious ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year 2015 Award, the Best Up-and-Coming Artist 2014 Award and the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics 2014, Tianwa Yang was described as “an unquestioned master of the violin” by the American Record Guide who “rises above her competition” (Fanfare), while quickly establishing herself as a leading international performer and recording artist. Following her recordings of Pablo de Sarasate’s complete works for violin (8.504046), David Hurwitz of hailed Ms. Yang as a “sensationally talented violinist”, while All Things Strings referred to her “stunning effortless virtuosity” and “uncanny affinity for Spanish music.”
Darrell Ang
Darrell Ang was the winner of the 50th Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, where he took all three top awards – Grand Prize, Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize. This triumph launched his international career, leading to the music directorship of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and numerous guest conducting engagements in Europe and Asia. In his native Singapore he became the youngest associate conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and served as the music director of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Catalonia
The OBC (Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Catalonia) was founded in 1944. Its mission is to promote classical and contemporary music of all cultures, giving special attention to Catalan composers. The OBC has worked with renowned conductors and soloists as well as major Spanish institutions and festivals. The orchestra has performed in some of the world’s major concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and has taken part in international festivals including the Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival.
More acclaimed releases by Tianwa Yang
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YSAŸE, E.: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27
Tianwa Yang

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.”
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★

Listen to an extract from Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op. 27, No. 2:
IV. Les Furies: Allegro furioso

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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.”

Listen to an extract from Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor:
II. Arioso

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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.”
MusicWeb International

Listen to an extract from Violin Concerto in E Minor:
III. Allegro molto vivace

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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.”
BBC Music Magazine

Listen to an extract from Phantom und Eskapade

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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/ 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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