August 11, 2012
Yang Tianwa is a miraculous violinist that many of us avidly follow. My violin-playing friend BenYC even thinks she is the best living violinist before the public! I tend to agree!
In the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Yang was ardent, yet supremely assured in her playing. There was not a trace of struggle. Phrasing and dynamics all seemed perfectly natural, and her supple tone easily filled the hall. No wonder the concert was sold out! Two virtuosic encores were immaculately rendered.
The Sinfonietta seems to be on a good stretch. The woodwind playing was supple and cohesive. The new lady horn player was assured. Despite the small size (only 8 first violins), the Italian symphony received a tight and satisfying reading that illuminated much inner details. Just a little abandon would have been welcome! They also played the two fillers very well; the Overture and Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream were atmospheric and refined.
Yang is apparently going on tour with the Sinfonietta, playing the Prokofiev!! Now, I'd must hear that in the near future!