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Two established Naxos artists team up for this eagerly awaited second volume of music for violin and orchestra by Wolfgang Rihm, one of today's leading composers. Soloist Tianwa Yang, who also featured on Volume 1 (8.573812), is joined on this follow-up release by conductor Darrel Ang. Together, they received fine reviews for their 2016 recording of violin concertos by Lalo and Manén, which also received an ICMA nomination. A similarly enthusiastic reception is guaranteed for this latest release with its substantial programme.

RIHM, W.: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 2
Slipcase cover (8.551416)
RIHM, W.: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 2
Wolfgang RIHM (b. 1952)
Gesungene Zeit
Lichtes Spiel • COLL’ARCO

Tianwa Yang, Violin
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Darrell Ang

Wolfgang Rihm, one of the foremost contemporary composers, has created a powerful body of music for the violin. Gesungene Zeit is one his most performed works, and it demonstrates why Rihm is so admired: music that begins and ends in ethereal lines while embracing agitation and threnody alike. The beautifully transparent and sensuous Lichtes Spiel is ‘light, but not lightweight’ in the composer’s words, and COLL’ARCO takes the soloist to the extremes of virtuosity in his largest concertante work for the violin, teeming with reminiscences, intricacy and drama. Volume 1 can be heard on 8.573812.

About the Artists
Tianwa Yang | © Andrej Grilc
Tianwa Yang was the winner of the prestigious ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year (Violin) 2015 Award for her Naxos recording of Ysaÿe’s 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, and the Best Up-and-Coming Artist 2014 Award and the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics 2014 for her Naxos recordings of the Mendelssohn Violin Concertos and Complete Music for Violin by Sarasate. She is referred to as “an unquestioned master of the violin” by American Record Guide who “rises above her competition” (Fanfare), while quickly establishing herself as a leading international performer and recording artist.
Darrell Ang | © Jaclyn Greenberg
Darrell Ang took all three top awards at the 50th Besançon International Young Conductors’ Competition, leading to the music directorship of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (2012–15). He is now in demand by orchestras throughout Europe and Asia and has been the artistic director and chief conductor of China’s Sichuan Symphony since December 2016. His first disc for Naxos was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in 2016 (Zhou Long/Chen Yi Symphony ‘Humen 1839’, 8.570611).
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
The multi-award-winning Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz is considered the leading symphony orchestra of the metropolitan region Rhine-Necka. Michael Francis becomes the principal conductor as from its 2019–20 season, which also marks the 100th anniversary of the orchestra’s foundation. The Staatsphilharmonie was awarded the prize for the Best Concert Programme by the German Association of Music Publishers following their 2016–17 season.
More highly acclaimed releases featuring Tianwa Yang
‘The astounding technique of Yang
and Rimmer bring these pieces
vividly to life.’
International Record Review
(In memoriam Paul Celan)
Dritte Musik • Gedicht des Malers

Yang • Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz • Mueller
‘Tianwa Wang shows her outstanding technical abilities and strong interpretative solutions for this
modern repertoire.’
Pizzicato ★★★★★
‘Intelligent and sweet-toned performances of violinist
Tianwa Yang.’
The Guardian ★★★★
Symphonie espagnole
Concierto español

Yang • Barcelona Symphony
Orchestra • Ang
‘This pair [Tianwa Yang and Darrell Ang] is worth watching.
And we have here the best version
of the Lalo I’ve heard’
Violin Concerto No. 2
‘The Prophets’
Concerto Italiano

Yang • SWR Sinfonieorchester
Baden-Baden und Freiburg • de Boer
‘She’s an excellent artist,
one whose musicality and passion speak for themselves’
‘These are clearly thought-through performances of
eyebrow-raising substance.’
The Strad
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