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Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, January 2016

The major work here, which Naxos wisely presents whole, is Eugene Ysaÿe’s Solo Violin Sonata 2, dedicated to Jacques Thibaud. This is one of the finest interpretations of this work, my favorite of Ysaÿe’s six solo violin sonatas. Yang has obviously thought hard about the piece. …[it] is played with this depth of understanding. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2015

Critically acclaimed in the music media as ‘an unquestioned master of the violin’, this compilation disc displays the stunning virtuosity of the young Tianwa Yang. A child prodigy born in Beijing, her early studies took place there, before moving to Europe. She became a Naxos recording artist while still a teenager, with her initial recordings covering the complete violin works of Sarasate, the present disc including part of the composer’s Carmen Fantasy and the Concert Fantasy on Mozart’s Die Zauberflote. Regarded as the new benchmark for recorded performances of Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonatas, the mid-part of the disc covers her outgoing brilliance in some of his most fiendishly difficult movements. A brief reminder of her beautiful recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is included, the disc ending with the kinky rhythms of Summer from Piazzolla’s tango inspired The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Be warned: once you have heard these extracts you will want the whole work. The original sound was equally outstanding through all the tracks. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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