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, in its ingenious and virtuosic passagework, with its moods and rhythms indelibly Iberian in feel. Juan Manén, in his day almost as famous as his fellow Catalan Pau Casals, was an admired virtuoso violinist and a prominent composer. Hix Concierto español, the first of three violin concertos, is suffused with technical demands,Read more lyric warmth, and rhapsodic nostalgia. Soloist Tianwa Yang's Sarasate recordings have received international acclaim.
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.
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21by Edouard Lalo Performer:
Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic Written: 1873; France Venue: The Pau Casals Hall, L'Auditori, Barcelo Length: 32 Minutes 15 Secs.
Concierto espagnol for Violin, Op. 18by Juan Manén Performer:
Tianwa Yang (Violin)
Period: Romantic Written: 1898/1935; Spain Venue: The Pau Casals Hall, L'Auditori, Barcelo Length: 29 Minutes 14 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
A Review of Joan Manén's "Concerto español"January 11, 2017By Terrell Rodefer (Van Nuys, CA)See All My Reviews"Well, the joke was on me. Didn't read fully the blurb on Joan Manén's "Concierto español" and so bought it blindly, mostly to hear a piece by a female composer. Only he isn't. Female. Read only after the album arrived that this "Joan" is one of the world's many forms of "John." That said, I found this composition just...okay...but no great shakes. Fine orchestral playing, and the female violinist (that at least was obvious from the album cover) does a fine job. It's just that the composition doesn't have the appeal that's personal to me--an approach that either strikes my heart strings or one that has a unique sound, like the pieces of Joquim Rodrigo, who has his own specific compositional sound--very unique. But I think that most people who generally enjoy hispanic music will find this to their appeal."Report Abuse
Spanish DelectablesNovember 17, 2016By owen ryan (lakewood, CA)See All My Reviews"These two concertos are played with great conviction by Barcelona's orchestra and the skilled soloist. Tianwa Yang, one of today's bright stars, plays with fire when called for and melodic gentleness elsewhere. The coupling of Lalo and Manen is a perfect fit. Recommended."Report Abuse