Tianwa Yang / Ernest Martínez Izquierdo

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

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Continuing on her highly successful and enjoyable survey of Pablo Sarasate's music for violin and orchestra, Chinese-born violinist Tianwa Yang returns for a third installment of the Spanish violinist-composer's music with Naxos. Vol. 3 incorporates more of Sarasate's lesser-known compositions -- with the exception of the Op. 33 Navarra -- into a program that is no less enthralling than previous volumes. Yang has an uncanny ability to turn uncommon compositions into dazzling spectacles that make listeners feel as if they've known the work all their lives. Her performance of Navarra is a stunning display as Yang executes not one, but both solo violin parts on her own. Her pacing, tone, and dynamics make for a truly seductive musical experience, and she easily captures the Spanish flair and bravura that characterize Sarasate. Her technique is all but flawless, bringing spotless intonation, wonderfully controlled right arm articulation, and an almost inhuman ability to dash around the fingerboard and effortlessly nail even the biggest shifts. Yang is joined by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra under Ernest Martínez Izquierdo who matches Yang's musical panache measure for measure with a big, robust tutti sound that never once obscures the soloist. Naxos' sound is clean and vibrant, allowing listeners to enjoy the natural, sophisticated beauty of Yang's tone.

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