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This review is from: Sarasate: Works for Violin & Orchestra (Audio CD)
Some people might know Tianwa Yang from earlier discs in this (and other) series in the Naxos catalogue or indeed from the Naxos 20th Anniversary DVD. She is a superb violinist with an exceptionally sweet tone and a gloriously glossy mastery of the G string: at times she sounds as if she has a viola in her hands, rather than a violin. She sounds like Emanuel Vardi! It matters not what Sarasate throws at her, she seems to take it all in her stride: double and triple stopping, spiccato, pizzicato, harmonics - she takes it all in her stride. No complaints then about this wonderful soloist. I have only two gripes. One is that the orchestra sounds as if it were playing in a room behind the soloist, albeit with the door left open - it is a plummy acoustic. The soloist, on the other hand, is quite brightly recorded.The other is a personal gripe. I do not like 'Navarra' recorded with the same violinist for both parts: this violates 'live' possibility. Having said that, with Ms Yang's ability she might well be playing both parts simultaneously!