Music **** (Very Good) Sound **** (Very Good)
Norbert Hornig - Fono Forum magazine - July 2013
"...Tianwa Yang ... proves an outstanding advocate, soaring aloft on the surging tide of Mendelssohn’s inspiration with captivating spontaneity and disarming sincerity. Magic moments abound, but the beguiling way Yang winds down into the recapitulation of the opening movement’s [Concerto] heart-warming second theme is unforgettable..."
Julian Haylock - The Strad - May 2013
Artistic Quality 9 Sound Quality 9
"...Pianist Romain Descharmes accompanies very sympathetically, and both in the concertos and the sonata the engineering is very clean and well-balanced. In sum, the couplings make this disc worth acquiring even if you’d never think of buying another version of the E minor concerto. As for Yang, she remains an artist to watch."
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - March 2013
**** - Choc de Classica
Sylvain Gasser - Classica magazine - April 2013
Rémy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - April 2013
"... Yang’s recording is a good one, and it’s thoroughly enjoyable too..."
Nigel Simeone - International Record Review - March 2013
CD of the Week
"Discover Mendelssohn’s lesser-known violin music in the context of his brilliant Violin Concerto in E minor. Tianwa Yang’s bright violin solos trip delicately over the top of the orchestral texture, and she handles the speedy passages with a impressive lightness of touch. It would be easy to over-egg Mendelssohn’s soupy solos in the middle Andante movements, but Yang’s versions sound beautifully fragile rather than indulgent.A diverse mix of great music, showcasing the best features of Romantic violin repertoire, featuring hummable tunes, orchestral passion, and delicate chamber music."
Classic FM - 28 January 2013
"In Tianwa Yang we find an artist of exceptional technique and musicianship. Above all, her tone, particularly at the extremes, on the E and G strings, is heart-meltingly beautiful ... impeccable technique throughout. *****
Rober Nichols - BBC Music magazine - March 2013
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