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Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 1 Naxos 8.557767


Composer: Pablo de Sarasate

Artists: Markus Hadulla, Tianwa Yang


Among the great virtuoso violinists of his generation, Pablo de Sarasate not
only inspired concertos and other works for solo violin from leading
contemporary composers, but demonstrated his incredible skill in a series of
compositions based on dances from his native Spain. This recording is devoted
principally to works of this kind, in which he made full use of his own
incomparable technical command of the instrument. In 2004 the violinist Tianwa
Yang was awarded the prize of Best Young Violinist in China by Seiji Ozawa.

Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 1 Review

Taiwan Yang, a Chinese violinist who was a mere 17 years old when this
disc was recorded, shows prodigal talent in a recital of music by Pablo de
Sarasate, one of the Victorian era's great violinists. (Sherlock Holmes and Dr.
Watson take the afternoon off to go and hear him in The Red-Headed
League.)

Lacking recordings, we know the violinists of the nineteenth century
partly by the music they wrote for themselves. In the music explored here,
Sarasate stressed his Spanish heritage, evoking the flamenco and rural dance
forms of Spain with considerable subtlety.

He did not turn to sheer fireworks as often as Paganini did, but there
are still plenty of them in evidence on this program, and Yang turns them into
fire and smoke. Sample track 3, the “Malagueña, Op. 21/1,” for an example
of a difficult left-hand pizzicato passage executed with the kind of explosive
snap that

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