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Tianwa Yang Records Fourth Volume of Sarasate’s Virtuosic Violin Music

March 18, 2010

Pablo de Sarasate’s Works for Solo Violin and Orchestra Volume 4 was recorded between 9–13 November 2009 in the Concert Hall, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, by the highly acclaimed young Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra conducted by Ernest Martínez Izquierdo. Sean Lewis was the producer.

To be issued on Naxos 8.572276, this disc will present Sarasate’s Fantaisie de Der Freischütz, Introduction et Tarantelle Op. 43, Fantaisie de Don Giovanni, Jota de San Fermin, Danse espagnole, Adiós montañas mirs, Op. 37 (orch. Blech), Jota de Pamplona Op. 50, Reve (orch. T. Breton) and L’esprit follet.

‘Recording these Sarasate pieces in Pamplona, his own native town, with the orchestra that he founded in 1879, even using Sarasate’s own violin for some of these pieces, created a magical atmosphere,’ comments Maestro Ernest Martínez Izquierdo. ‘Also, everyone involved in this recording became a great family at the end of this period. We worked hard but also had lots of unforgettable moments.’

Tianwa Yang, whose previous volumes of Sarasate’s music have gained critical acclaim, notes ‘The repertoire on the fourth recording of Sarasate works for violin and orchestra has colourful varieties, it includes pieces ranging from Fantasies on Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Weber’s Der Freischütz to the typical Spanish folk music like Jota de San Fermin, and also, the famous Introduction and Tarantella.

‘The City of Pamplona kindly allowed me to play Sarasate’s violin, a J.B. Vuillaume (Stradivarius model), in the recording. This was such a great pleasure and joy. Especially as I have a J.B. Vuillaume (Maggini model) myself! They are quite different even if they are in fact siblings, so it was very exciting to try out which one best suited each piece. I’m not giving the information away as I think the listeners might also have fun working out which violin is used where!

‘The best example though, would be the piece Navarra for 2 violins (which will appear on volume 3 – 8.572275). For this work I recorded the second violin part, playing my own Vuillaume, to be heard alongside the first violin part that I recorded in June, which I played on the Sarasate Vuillaume. I did create the sound and other small details a little differently for each part, and with the support of the two violins, it did sound like two different people playing. It was also terrific fun in the sessions!’

Of the two violins, recording producer Sean Lewis reports: ‘These are two quite different instruments, each beautiful in its own way. Tianwa is such a great musician, and it was fun to discuss with her which instrument was best suited for each piece. For Navarra, where she plays both violins, I think the result will be quite electrifying. Better synchronised playing will certainly be hard to find!’


Tianwa Yang Biography & Discography

Ernest Martínez Izquierdo Biography & Discography

Pablo de Sarasate Biography & Discography


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