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Pablo Sarasate: Music for Violin & Orchestra, Vol. 3

Album Summary

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Concert fantasy on Mozart's "Magic Flute," Op 54
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Navarra for 2 Violins and Piano, Op. 33
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Muinera, for violin & orchestra, Op. 32
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Concert Fantasy on Gounod's "Faust", Op. 13
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Barcarolle venitienne (Gondoliera Veneziana), for violin & piano, Op. 46
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Introduction et caprice-jota, for violin & orchestra, Op. 41
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Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed as "an uncommonly brilliant young violinist" (Brian Reinhart), Tianwa Yang continues her highly praised survey of Pablo de Sarasate's music for violin and orchestra. His Magic Flute Fantasy is a masterpiece of the genre a la Paganini, while the Gounod Fantasy is a miracle of lightness. The highly popular Navarra, the charming Muiniera with its bagpipe effects, the bewitching Venetian Barcarolle and the Introduction et Caprice-Jota with its dancing finale are thrillingly brought to life on this album. "Tianwa Yang is a sensationally talented young violinist. She has technique to burn... Best of all, she has a beautiful tone in cantabile phrases and a really seductive way with rubato that conveys emotion without distorting the rhythm." - David Hurwitz on Vol. 2

"As in previous releases in this series, Tianwa Yang plays marvelously, fearlessly, and with great freshness and verve. Her technique is impeccable--note the immaculately-tuned harmonics in the Caprice-Jota, or her nicely grainy, "primal" drone-bass timbre at the start of Muiñeiras. She's a joy to listen to, and Ernest Izquierdo's accompaniments have all the poetry and shameless gusto that's necessary to convince us that we're listening to music of real quality, never mind the flash. Naxos' sonics offer ideal balances, and flatter both soloist and orchestra. Few projects in recent days have proven themselves more lovable than this series. " -ClassicsToday (10/10)

MusicWeb International
Tianwa Yang's best album yet, which is really saying something, given she is a 22-year-old prodigy whose technical perfection is surpassed by her technicolor sound and emotional fire ... from 'Navarra' to album's end, the music and playing are so electric there were probably sparks flying off the violin.

Gramophone
The most famous piece here is Navarra (recorded by David and Igor Oistrakh). Tianwa Yang plays both the virtuoso violin parts and her performance is bright and spirited, sounding entirely natural and "real".

Fanfare
The Fantasy on Faust seems, from the beginning, a more stunning exposition of the violin's capabilities, and Sarasate's characteristic exploitation of them. Of the compositions on Yang's program, this one has been frequently recorded, though usually with piano.

American Record Guide
... I described Tianwa Yang's playing as "perfect", a word I reserve for only the rarest of circumstances and the rarest of violinists. I have to use it again for this recording. In addition to perfection, this third volume is full of surprise and delight; surprise because aside from 'Navarra' all the music is new to me, and delight because I love it all.

The WholeNote
Naxos has released Volume 3 of the projected 8-volume series of the complete Music for Violin and Orchestra by Sarasate (8.572275). I wrote a glowing review of the earlier volumes a few years ago, and this latest CD is clearly their equal. The young Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang is again simply brilliant throughout, playing Sarasate's own violin on two of the tracks. The Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra (founded by Sarasate himself in 1879) under Ernest Martinez Izquierdo provides the most idiomatic support imaginable. And don't think for a moment that the standard of the works themselves is lagging as the series proceeds: the Concert Fantasy on Mozart's Die Zauberfl)te is dazzling; Navarra (with the soloist double-tracked) is an exuberant duet; the bagpipe-influenced Muineiras is a delight. The Nouvelle fantasie sur Faust de Gounod, the Barcarolle venitienne and the Introduction et Caprice-Jota complete an immensely satisfying, entertaining and probably definitive disc.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Baranain Concert Hall, Pamplona, Spain (06/30/2009-07/03/2009).



Reviews

Sarasate Again
This is a charming, exhilarating disc with two fascinating discoveries among the six selections included: the evocative, nocturnal hued Barcarolle venitienne and Muineiras with its drone effects and additional violin part (played by the soloist). Tianwa Yang plays with great feeling and style not to mention an assured, elegant technique. She is matched measure for measure with tight, robust support provided by conductor, Ernest Martinez Izquierdo and his crackerjack ensemble, Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra. The sense of unbridled, joyous music making is palpable throughout. Sonics are full bodied with an ideal balance between soloist and orchestra. Rack up another winner in what is proving to be an important series devoted to these marvelous show pieces.
Submitted on 06/14/11 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Concert fantasy on Mozart's "Magic Flute," Op 54
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ernest Izquierdo
  • Ensemble: Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra
  • Notes: Baranain Concert Hall, Pamplona, Spain (06/30/2009-07/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Navarra for 2 Violins and Piano, Op. 33
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ernest Izquierdo
  • Ensemble: Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra
  • Notes: Baranain Concert Hall, Pamplona, Spain (06/30/2009-07/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1889

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Muiñera, for violin & orchestra, Op. 32
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ernest Izquierdo
  • Ensemble: Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra
  • Notes: Baranain Concert Hall, Pamplona, Spain (06/30/2009-07/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Concert Fantasy on Gounod's "Faust", Op. 13
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ernest Izquierdo
  • Ensemble: Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra
  • Notes: Baranain Concert Hall, Pamplona, Spain (06/30/2009-07/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Barcarolle vénitienne (Gondoliéra Veneziana), for violin & piano, Op. 46
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ernest Izquierdo
  • Ensemble: Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra
  • Notes: Baranain Concert Hall, Pamplona, Spain (06/30/2009-07/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Introduction et caprice-jota, for violin & orchestra, Op. 41
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ernest Izquierdo
  • Ensemble: Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra
  • Notes: Baranain Concert Hall, Pamplona, Spain (06/30/2009-07/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto