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Robert Benson, July 2013

Both concertos are very well played on this new recording made 2011–12 in Finland’s Hankasalmi Church. Young violinist Tianwa Yang already has made a number of acclaimed recordings for Naxos…Yang is in superb form, orchestral accompaniments are excellent, and her sound has been recorded with uncommon clarity. Orchestral sound is full and resonant…A plus is inclusion of the rarely heard violin sonata in F. This is a quality issue for those who wish to investigate lesser-known Mendelssohn. © 2013 Read complete review

Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, April 2013

This Blu-ray music-only disc contains a spirited performance of two of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concertos, the E and D Minor, and the Violin Sonata in F minor. All are well played by Tianwa Yang and the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla conducted by Patrick Gallois. This is as fine a performance of these violin works as you will hear…© 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2013

‘The difference is far greater than the move from mono and stereo’, was one comment from an audience who unanimously found Naxos Blu-ray much superior to CD. It is easy to see why when you listen to this Mendelssohn disc from the bright new star of the violin world, Tianwa Yang. As I wrote when reviewing the CD in February, ‘she has already held us in awe with her virtuoso recordings of music by Sarasate’, but here she enters a record catalogue oversubscribed with outstanding performances of the world’s most frequently performed violin concerto. As other critics have already commented, she is neither over-awed nor does she come second-best. Her tempos are quick throughout, the central movement never sentimentalised, while her mercurial finale avoids the oft-used firebrand approach. Yet it is her reading of the earlier concerto from the thirteen year old composer that makes the disc special, her performance outshining any previous recording…Throughout the concertos she has excellent support from Patrick Gallois and the Sinfonia Finlandia. They add much weight at the appropriate places, but never dominate. The sound and balance in Blu-ray is superb, but would you pay twice as much for Blu-ray as you would for the CD version? The audience answer was, ‘its worth it’. © David’s Review Corner

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