Notes & Reviews:
Born in Chengdu, China, violinist Ning Feng studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. The recipient of prizes at the Hanover International, Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin International violin competitions, Feng was also awarded first prize in the 2006 International Paganini Competition. Now based in Berlin and performing worldwide, Feng is developing an international reputation as an artist of great lyricism and tremendous bravura. This second volume in his series of works for solo violin features works by Bartók, Prokofiev and Hindemith.
Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
His performances of all [the works] unveil his artistry and musical thought in a way more redolent of his live performance persona than the evidence we have hitherto had on disc, exposing him as the thoughtful - as well as astonishingly accurate and nimble - musician he is.
MusicWeb International, 1st November 2013
In purely technical terms this is a CD of quite stunning violin playing. Every aspect of Ning Feng's playing seems to be under extraordinary control...the level of musical insight does not match the technical brilliance. I feel almost ungrateful and churlish asking for more in the presence of such skill.
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