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Sarasate: Spanish Dances, Etc / Yang, Hadulla


Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557767   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Tianwa YangMarkus Hadulla
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you want to hear some very well-played Sarasate violin music, performed on a disc devoted solely to that composer's Spanish Dances, then this new release from Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang and Naxos will do the job splendidly. Yang was in her 17th year in 2004 when she recorded these stylish, dazzling showpieces--chamber works that also contain an inherent sensual, sultry physicality that requires a soloist with a keen sense of the rhythms and a true feeling for the passion--sometimes playful, sometimes athletic, sometimes erotic--embodied in these dances. Virtuoso they certainly are--and Yang delivers in this aspect of her performances; that is, her technique, which helped her win the prize of "Best Young Violinist in China" Read more in 2004, is sharply developed, confident, and articulate.

Highlights include the energetic, triple-time Jota Aragonesa Op. 27, with its insistent down-beat, varied melodic twists and turns (including a section in harmonics), and sudden fiery outburst at the end. "Zapateado" (Spanish Dance Op. 23 No. 2) also is very exciting in terms of Yang's command of various bowing and fingering techniques--but this also is one place where she shows her occasional tendency to play under pitch, especially (and most unfortunately) on many of the harmonics (here and elsewhere). Because the pitch of unstopped harmonics (which many of these are) is determined by the tuning of the open string and cannot be altered simply by a fine finger adjustment, it suggests that Yang's violin was not always precisely in tune with the piano. At other times (in several places in the Op. 23 No. 1 ("Playera") an occasional note lies a bit flat at the end of a phrase, seemingly due to momentary inattentiveness, not to any fundamental failure of technique.


Aside from these spotty lapses, when you compare Yang's interpretations, which are basically solid and technically very impressive, with other versions, you realize the limitations of her emotional, experiential input to the pieces' expressive aspects. There's plenty of fire but not much heat; and there's undeniable vitality but the seductive, romantic spirit is missing.


For the most accomplished modern performances of many of the works on Yang's program, turn to James Ehnes' CBC recording, released the same year Yang's was made, which also includes works by Wieniawski. Ehnes seems to have thought more carefully about (or at least sensed) proper tempos relative to the particular nature of a given dance--his slower Playera, for instance, and considerably faster Jota Navarra and Zapateado, in each case ideally capturing the innate spirit of the dance in question. Ehnes also supplies the romantic depth and understanding these pieces need--a knowing turn of phrase, a clever shift of dynamics, a particular rhythmic emphasis here, a pulling away there. It's great stuff, and the Wieniawski selections are just as good.


The sound on the two discs also offers different choices--more edgy and gritty for Yang, making no compromise in presenting the instrument's natural character, and warmer, brighter, a bit more distant for Ehnes, yet no less realistic. Another consideration: Yang's program offers several works difficult or impossible to find elsewhere on disc.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21: no 2, Habañera by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Tianwa Yang (Violin), Markus Hadulla (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
2.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23: no 1, Playera by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
3.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21: no 1, Malagueña by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
4.
Caprice basque, Op. 24 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Tianwa Yang (Violin), Markus Hadulla (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
5.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22: no 1, Romanza andaluza by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
6.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22: no 2, Jóta Navarra by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
7.
Sérénade andalouse, Op. 28 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Berlin, Germany 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
8.
Jota aragonesa, Op. 27 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
9.
Balada for Violin and Piano, Op. 31 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
10.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23: no 2, Zapateado by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
11.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 26: no 1, Dance in C by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 
12.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 26: no 2, Dance in C by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Clara Wieck Hall, Sandhausen, Germany (05/27/2004 - 05/31/2004) 

Sound Samples

Spanish Dances, Op. 21: Danza espanola No. 2: Habanera, Op. 21, No. 2
Spanish Dances, Op. 23: Danza espanola No. 5: Playera, Op. 23, No. 1
Spanish Dances, Op. 21: Danza espanola No. 1: Malaguena, Op. 21, No. 1
Caprice basque, Op. 24: Capricho vasco (Basque Caprice), Op. 24
Spanish Dances, Op. 22: Danza espanola No. 3: Romanza andaluza, Op. 22, No. 1
Spanish Dances, Op. 22: Danza espanola No. 4: Jota navarra, Op. 22, No. 2
Serenade andalouse, Op. 28
Jota aragonesa, Op. 27
Balada, Op. 31
Spanish Dances, Op. 23: Danza espanola No. 6: Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2
Spanish Dances, Op. 26: Danza espanola No. 7: Vito, Op. 26, No. 1
Spanish Dances, Op. 26: Danza espanola No. 8: Habanera, Op. 26, No. 2

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent September 27, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Chinese violinist Tianwha Yang and German pianist Markus Hadulla combine to present an exquisite recital of music by Spanish composer Pablo Sarasate. The program consists of lively, lyrical Spanish dances, all full of good cheer and that special Spanish flavor which makes it such a delight to the ear. Naxos' sound qualities are first rate, as usual, making this CD an extremely attractive option for anyone interested in high quality chamber music with an Iberian character. Recommended." Report Abuse
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