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Nashville Symphony Records Piazzolla for Naxos

December 14, 2009

On 21–22 November 2009 in Laura Turner Concert Hall, Nashville, Tennessee, acclaimed young violinist Tianwa Yang, bandoneon player Daniel Binelli and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero recorded Astor Piazzolla’s Buenos Aires: Tres Movimientos Sinfonicos Op 15, Concierto para Bandoneón ‘Aconcagua’ and Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Season of Buenos Aires). Tim Handley was the Producer.

Naxos will release this exciting disc of Latin American music on 8.572271.

Tianwa Yang and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

‘This was my first studio recording with the Nashville Symphony—our Metropolis Symphony recording [Naxos 8.559635] was done live—so this was a new experience for us, but I thought it went incredibly well.  We have the privilege of being in Music City, so this is an orchestra where a lot of the musicians do studio recording around town.  When you have musicians who aren’t threatened by the microphones and the whole recording process, you can really focus on the music-making.

‘One of the real interesting things about these sessions was producer Tim Handley’s stage placement of the soloists during recording.  For concerts, soloists are usually placed up at the very front.  But for the recording, the soloists, Tianwa Yang and Daniel Binelli, were placed in the middle of the stage, in front of me and between the violins and violas, up on a riser.  This was done so that the soloists could see me better and, since they were on a riser and higher up than everyone else, they could play directly into the wonderful acoustics of the hall and use the hall as a resonance box.  At first, I wasn’t convinced it would work.  I couldn’t tell from where I was standing, so Tim invited me back to the sound booth to hear what it sounded like, and I was sold.  It worked marvelously.’
Giancarlo Guerrero (conductor)

Tianwa Yang

‘This version of the Astor Piazzolla’s Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas was arranged by Leonid Desyatnikov for solo violin and string orchestra. This is absolutely one of my most favourite concert programs, each season is a great mixture of tango spirit, wonderful harmonies and sensual colours of sound. The composer even had thought about the fact that the seasons are exactly upside-down between the northern and southern hemispheres and one can hear quotations from the famous Vivaldi Four Seasons here and there, always at the most surprising moments.

‘I felt almost like I was in a kind of live recording situation with this session as it took place the day after the Nashville Symphony, Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero and I completed performing it in three concerts together.

‘What is also interesting is that I was standing behind the orchestra, between the 2nd violins and violas. It was so much fun to see the orchestra musicians swinging together with me in the tango rhythm.’
Tianwa Yang (violin)

Tianwa Yang’s Naxos recordings of Sarasate’s virtuoso works for violin have been universally acclaimed, and she is recognized as one of the most talented violinist of her generation.


Tianwa Yang Biography & Discography

Nashville Symphony Orchestra Biography & Discography

Giancarlo Guerrero Biography & Discography


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