Sarasate: Music for Violin and Orchestra; Zigeunerweisen; Airs Espagnols; Viva Sevilla!

Sarasate: Music for Violin and Orchestra; Zigeunerweisen; Airs Espagnols; Viva Sevilla!

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by Tianwa Yang
     
 

Young Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang, born in Beijing in 1987, recorded Paganini at age 13 and has been termed a prodigy. By the time she recorded this disc of Sarasate violin-and-orchestra favorites in 2008, she was less a prodigy than a veteran, with several Sarasate discs already to her credit. She seems to be…  See more details below

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Young Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang, born in Beijing in 1987, recorded Paganini at age 13 and has been termed a prodigy. By the time she recorded this disc of Sarasate violin-and-orchestra favorites in 2008, she was less a prodigy than a veteran, with several Sarasate discs already to her credit. She seems to be getting better and better, and to be emerging as a major star. She's had the technical chops since her early teens, and, unlike with some Eastern technicians, there's no shortage of passion in her playing. What she adds this time around is control over a performance, and one involving a group of real Sarasate veterans at that; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra was founded by Sarasate himself. Yang sets herself up as the star in the best sense. For example, in Sarasate's best-known orchestral showpiece "Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20," (Gypsy Style), and in "Mirarmar-Zortzico, Op. 42," she pushes the orchestra forward as the high point of the music approaches. Her tone in the "Nocturne-sérénade, Op. 45," is exquisite. If one had to complain of something, it would be the lower register in the more purely Spanish pieces like "Viva Sevilla!, Op. 38," where there isn't quite the mood of profound quiet that violinists of longer experience have brought to the music. But anyone who attended this program in concert would not only feel that it was worth the money, but also likely bring a friend along the next time. Sound, recorded in the orchestra's home hall in Pamplona, is above average, and at Naxos' discount price this album is nothing short of a raging bargain.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313219179
catalogNumber:
8572191
Rank:
181560

Tracks

  1. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Benjamin Chai  - Ernest Martínez Izquierdo  - Tianwa Yang  - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
  2. Airs Espagnols, for violin & piano, Op. 18  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Benjamin Chai  - Ernest Martínez Izquierdo  - Tianwa Yang  - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
  3. Miramar-Zortzico, for violin & orchestra, Op. 42  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Benjamin Chai  - Ernest Martínez Izquierdo  - Tianwa Yang  - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
  4. Peteneras, caprice espagnol for violin & piano, Op. 35  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Benjamin Chai  - Ernest Martínez Izquierdo  - Tianwa Yang  - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
  5. Nocturne-sérénade, for violin & orchestra, Op. 45  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Benjamin Chai  - Ernest Martínez Izquierdo  - Tianwa Yang  - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
  6. Viva Sevilla!, for violin & piano, Op. 38  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Benjamin Chai  - Ernest Martínez Izquierdo  - Tianwa Yang  - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
  7. La dame blanche of Boildieu, for violin & orchestra, Op. 3  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Benjamin Chai  - Ernest Martínez Izquierdo  - Tianwa Yang  - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra

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Sarasate: Music for Violin and Orchestra; Zigeunerweisen; Airs Espagnols; Viva Sevilla! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ted_Wilks More than 1 year ago
This CD of Pablo de Sarasate's violin music is noted as Volume 1, which implies that more in this series will follow. If so, I will welcome them. The violinist, Tianwa Yang, is excellent, with perfect intonation and tone quality well suited to this type of music. Except for the best-known of Sarasate's works, "Zigeunerweisen," I was unfamiliar with the pieces played. This, in itself makes this a worthwhile disc for non-violinists like me. I would have liked to hear her play "Zapateado" and "Romanza Andaluza," but perhaps she has already recorded them on another CD for future issue. Ted Wilks