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Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, March 2017

As the Lalo is a repertoire staple, suffice it to say this performance is competitive. Yang’s playing is accurate, with a solid tone, and expressive. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2017

…Yang has [technique] to spare, and on a first hearing, I found myself mightily impressed by the surgical precision of her playing. She sounds unflappable. Not a single note is in question. Every harmonic is hit dead center and rings true. The destination of every glissando hits its target with the accuracy of a missile strike, and every rapid-fire passage of runs and Flamenco-inspired dance is dispatched with composed perfection. As a display of pure technique, Yang’s Symphonie espagnole is stunning. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Steven Kruger
Fanfare, March 2017

This is an inspired CD in every way.

I was so stunned by the spirit and immediacy of this performance and by the feather-light nuanced beauty of Yang’s playing, I had to explore what was so unusual about it. And let’s not leave out Darrell Ang. This young conductor produces real sparkle and bounce. This is a genuine collaboration.

So, I’m tempted by superlatives. This pair is worth watching. We have a lovely addition to the violin repertory. And we have here the best version of the Lalo I’ve heard—the most vividly recorded, too. I don’t know what it tells one to say so, but I’ve been listening to this piece for 44 years—and I’ve never liked it so much as today. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, January 2017

This performance really makes us wonder where this work, so easy to love at first hearing, has been all our lives. © 2017 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Gavin Engelbrecht
The Northern Echo, November 2016

Violinist Tianwa Yang and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Darrell Ang here present two concertos with a Spanish flavour. Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole is coupled with the Concierto Español by Joan Manén, who, in his day, was as famous as his fellow Catalan, Pablo Casals. Invigorating listening. © 2016 The Northern Echo, October 2016

Yang is very ably abetted in the performance by Darrell Ang and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya—and conductor and orchestra also do a fine job with Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, whose coloristic effects, fast-changing moods and appealing rhythms have deservedly given it a place in the standard violin-and-orchestra repertoire. Although this five-movement work is arranged as a fantasy, there is a solidity to the handling of the individual movements that provides structural strength and justifies the Symphonie title. The nearly endless flow of appealing and quite clearly Spanish-accented melody, coupled with the soloist’s required virtuosity—which, however, never overwhelms the melodiousness of the music—makes this piece a delight. Yang and Ang have a fine sense of the easy flow of the themes and the intricacy of the relationship between soloist and ensemble, with the result that this performance simply sings. © 2016 Read complete review

Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, October 2016

Yang seems to have a natural affinity for Spanish works, having already recorded the complete violin works of Pablo de Sarasate, and her dazzling brilliance seems perfectly suited to the nature of the music. As in the Sarasate set, Yang is paired with a Spanish orchestra for even more authenticity, this time the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra under Darrell Ang. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2016

Tianwa Yang, one of the most talented violinists of our time, delivers a sparkling and truly exciting account of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, very well supported by the Barcelona Orchestra and conductor Darrell Ang. This brings it definitely to the top of the available recordings of this brilliant work. © 2016 Pizzicato Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), October 2016

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. 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 is suffused with technical demands, lyric warmth, and rhapsodic nostalgia. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2016

Two Spanish works for violin and orchestra, the one that is imitative having become part of the standard repertoire, the other one genuine Spanish and totally unknown. The first came from a composer who played the violin; the second from a stunningly brilliant exponent of the instrument who also composed. As has often been said, there is nothing fair in the world of music, for it was the French view of Spain that triumphed. With good fortune Eduard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole was championed by the great virtuoso, Pablo de Sarasate, its easy listening melodies gaining audience approbation. Yet the work then struggled to retain its place in the concert hall, and for many years appeared—and was recorded—in a four movement version that omitted the third movement Intermezzo. It is, of course, played in its entirety by the remarkable Tianwa Yang, the technical hurdles tossed to one side with apparent ease. As with her recent Sarasate discs, she is not averse to lingering so as to savour moments of particular beauty, while rhythms are massaged to add interest. For all the magic of her account, it is the colours that the Barcelona orchestra bring to the performance, and their intrinsic Spanish mood, that sets the disc apart from an already oversubscribed catalogue. In complete contrast Joan Manén—born in Spain in 1883, sixty years after Lalo—enjoyed a spectacularly brilliant career as a young man as a soloist of quite incredible brilliance. Later he was to compose in every genre, but become so totally forgotten in later life, his funeral was attended by just a handful of people. Why such an attractive work is ignored is strange. Dare I say that it offers more interesting twists and turns than Lalo, the quite extended opening movement totally fascinating; the second hauntingly gorgeous, and a soloist’s showpiece for the finale. If you buy the disc for the Lalo you will have Manen’s wonderful surprise awaiting you. First class sound quality and my Naxos ‘disc of the month’. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

David Mellor
Classic FM, September 2016

…[Tianwa Yang’s] playing cannot be faulted in any respect. She is enthusiastically (and idiomatically) accompanied by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Darrell Ang. © 2016 Classic FM Read complete review

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