Tianwa Yang is ‘an artist of exceptional technique and musicianship’ (BBC Music Magazine) and has established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist, winning the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics 2014 for her acclaimed recordings of Sarasate’s complete violin works. Her ‘stunning effortless virtuosity’ and ‘uncanny affinity for Spanish music’ (All Things Strings) make her the ideal advocate for the music presented on this recording. The Introduction et Rondo capriccioso is a glittering showcase imbued with the passion of Iberian dance, while the Havanaise in E major is a languorous habanera. Less frequently heard are the evocative Caprice andalou, the songful Romance in C major, the rhapsodic Morceau deRead more concert, and the improvisatory La Muse et le Poete.
Tianwa Yang’s Saint-Saëns performances are totally spellbinding, not just in technical matters, but in their stylish sensibility as well. Her partners, Gabriel Schwabe and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Soustrot, are in peak form on this highly exciting disc.
Outstanding RecordingFebruary 3, 2018By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"If someone claiming to love classical music attempted to convince me that the music of French composer Camille Saint-Saens was of inferior quality and mundane, I think I would refer that person to a psychiatrist. Is there anyone out there who is not impressed with his Organ Symphony, warhorse that it of course is? How about his delightful Carnival of the Animals, or his excellent series of piano concertos? Or his exceptional portfolio of chamber music? Obviously, I could go on, but the point I'm trying to make should be clear- Saint-Saens' music in all genres is of consistently high quality and worthwhile. Now we have a new Naxos CD of Saint-Saens' works for violin and orchestra, none of which are concertos. The superb violinist Tianwa Yang teams up with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marc Soustrot for an exhilerating program of seven high energy, lyrically flowing, and infectious works. Three of the tracks have clear Spanish nuances and fit perfectly with Tianwa Yang's affinity for the music of the Iberian Peninsula (check out her superb series of Naxos recordings of the works of Sarasate to see what I mean). Of additional interest is the work La Muse et le Poete, Op. 132, from 1910. This work is actually a 16 minute conversation piece between orchestra, solo violin, and solo cello, in which Tianwa Yang is joined by German cellist Gabriel Schwalbe. Everything about this recording is first class- soloist, conductor, orchestra, and Naxos' excellent audio engineering. In summary, it is my opinion that Camille Saint-Saens' compositional legacy of late Romantic Era masterpieces is fully maintained by this excellent program. Definitely recommended."Report Abuse
Bright, textured playing by YangDecember 19, 2017By M. Quinn (San Francisco, CA)See All My Reviews"This is a wonderful album. I hadn't heard of Yang before, but her playing leaves a deeply positive impression. It's fluid and energetic and full of beautiful nuances. The selection of works by Saint-Saëns is great. It's music full of light, rich contours, and vitality."Report Abuse