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Julian Haylock
The Strad, May 2013

…Tianwa Yang…proves an outstanding advocate, soaring aloft on the surging tide of Mendelssohn’s inspiration with captivating spontaneity and disarming sincerity. Magic moments abound, but the beguiling way Yang winds down into the recapitulation of the opening movement’s heart-warming second theme is unforgettable.

…the ever-attentive Patrick Gallois judges the post-Classical gestures of the D minor Concerto to perfection. Yang sounds completely immersed in Mendelssohn’s prodigious genius both here and in the F minor Sonata (sensitively accompanied by Romain Descharmes)…Fine engineering too… © 2013 The Strad Read complete review

David Hurwitz, April 2013

Young violinist Tianwa Yang has exceptional technique, and her vision in the great E minor concerto is unfailingly intelligent. The first movement is taken a touch on the slow side, giving the music added weight and seriousness. In the finale, too, Yang refuses to rush or indulge in empty showmanship…

What makes this disc such a smart one…is the inclusion of the youthful D minor concerto and the F minor violin sonata…God knows we don’t need another recording of those works any more than we need another Mendelssohn E minor concerto. Yang plays them very well indeed…Pianist Romain Descharmes accompanies very sympathetically… © 2013 Read complete review

Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, March 2013

Tianwa Yang is one of the best violinists of the new century. She is young and exceptionally good at playing the notes, but there are many performers like that, many who have breathtaking technical command, never set a foot wrong, never botch a note. Not so many have the emotional maturity or feeling for the music, and this is where she truly excels.

The great concerto in E minor is phenomenally played: a recording which can be compared favorably to any other on the market. Don’t take my word for it. I conducted a test.

I ran a blind “taste-test” of this concerto at the Good Music Guide. I created three-minute clips, encompassing the end of the andante and the beginning of the finale, from classic accounts of the concerto by Jascha Heifetz (1959), Daniel Hope, Cho-Liang Lin, Anne-Sophie Mutter (with Karajan), and Tianwa Yang. Six voters (“judges”) were asked to describe each three-minute sample and rank them in order, best to worst. Naturally, there are limitations: they didn’t hear the whole concerto, and five violinists is a tiny fraction of those who’ve recorded the piece.

Tianwa Yang placed first.

Great violinists combine the head and the heart. On this recording a great violinist is at work. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Roger Nichols
BBC Music Magazine, March 2013

In Tianwa Yang we find an artist of exceptional technique and musicianship. Above all, her tone, particularly at the extremes, on the E and G strings, is heart-meltingly beautiful…impeccable technique throughout. © BBC Music Magazine, February 2013

Yang plays the [D minor concerto] stylishly and with a forthright manner that works very well indeed…She does a fine job with the E minor concerto as well…Also on this CD, Yang and pianist Romain Descharmes deliver an attractive performance of the early Violin Sonata in F minor… © 2013 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2013

Mendelssohn’s E minor Violin Concerto was among the first works recorded by Naxos, and now almost 25 years on they offer a new version from their bright young star, Tianwa Yang. She has already held us in awe with her virtuoso recordings of music by Sarasate, and now enters into a part of the record catalogue already grossly oversubscribed with other outstanding performances. So let me start elsewhere by commenting that this is the most persuasive account of the early D minor concerto I have yet encountered, and that includes the famous Viktoria Mullova recording. The work of the thirteen year old composer is given a very weighty account, particularly in the opening movement, and if Yang cannot yet turn gilt into gold, she certainly brings a high degree of exuberance in the final allegro. There is also a nice feeling of forward momentum in the central Andante, and throughout Yang’s playing is impeccable, her intonation in the centre of every note. I am also much impressed with her account of the E minor concerto, her tempos quite quick throughout, though her mercurial finale avoids the firebrand approach, while her first movement cadenza never degenerates into mere showmanship. A few years back I compared the multitude of available recordings, and found there were so many equally valid views. Yang’s is fresh, vivacious and remains true to the printed score. Throughout she has excellent support from the Sinfonia Finlandia, who always add weight when required, but never dominate. I suppose there had to be a ‘fill up’ in this value for money culture, and a sonata from Mendelssohn’s ‘juvinellia’ fills the space. Very good sound in the two concertos. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

Classic FM

Drive Featured Album 28 January 2013

Discover Mendelssohn’s lesser-known violin music in the context of his brilliant Violin Concerto in E minor.

Tianwa Yang’s bright violin solos trip delicately over the top of the orchestral texture, and she handles the speedy passages with a impressive lightness of touch. It would be easy to over-egg Mendelssohn’s soupy solos in the middle Andante movements, but Yang’s versions sound beautifully fragile rather than indulgent.

A diverse mix of great music, showcasing the best features of Romantic violin repertoire, featuring hummable tunes, orchestral passion, and delicate chamber music. © 2013 Classic FM Read complete review

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