Lalo: Symphonie espagnole - Manén: Concierto español / Tianwa Yang, Darrell Ang

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Learn more about the music from this Naxos Classical Spotlight podcast episode!

These two concertos - one a staple of the repertoire, the other almost unknown - share melodic richness and a Spanish influence. Lalo's Symphonie espagnole reflects the quicksilver technique of its dedicatee, Pablo de Sarasate, in its ingenious and virtuosic passagework, with its moods and rhythms indelibly Iberian in feel. Juan Manén, in his day almost as famous as his fellow Catalan Pau Casals, was an admired virtuoso violinist and a prominent composer. His Concierto español, the first of three violin concertos, is suffused with technical demands, lyric warmth, and rhapsodic nostalgia. Soloist Tianwa Yang's Sarasate recordings have received international acclaim.


Yang seems to have a natural affinity for Spanish works, having already recorded the complete violin works of Pablo de Sarasate, and her dazzling brilliance seems perfectly suited to the nature of the music. As in the Sarasate set, Yang is paired with a Spanish orchestra for even more authenticity.

– The WholeNote (CA)

Product Description:

  • Release Date: October 14, 2016

  • Catalog Number: 8573067

  • UPC: 747313306770

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Romantic, 20th Century

  • Composer: Edouard Lalo, Juan Manen

  • Conductor: Darrell Ang

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Catalonia

  • Performer: Tianwa Yang


  1. Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

    Composer: Édouard Lalo

    Ensemble: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Tianwa Yang

    Conductor: Darrell Ang

  2. Violin Concerto No. 1 "Concierto español," Op. A7

    Composer: Joan Manén

    Ensemble: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Tianwa Yang

    Conductor: Darrell Ang