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Discussion: Bruch & Tchaikovsky: Ning Feng

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Post by Windsurfer February 14, 2014 (1 of 13)
I believe Channel has taken Chinese custom in labeling their disc. In other words I believe the family name is "Ning" while the given name is "Feng".

We were privileged to hear Mr Ning perform in the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Jan 25th. The man is phenomenal. I think he may have been called "The Chinese Heifetz" recently. I think that does a disservice to Mr. Ning. I prefer his playing to any Heifetz I ever heard. On the other hand, it isn't fair really to compare recordings made so long ago to a recenly heard live performance in a wonderful hall.

But this disc is on my wish list and I will purchase it soon.

Post by channel February 15, 2014 (2 of 13)
Windsurfer said:

I believe Channel has taken Chinese custom in labeling their disc. In other words I believe the family name is "Ning" while the given name is "Feng".

We were privileged to hear Mr Ning perform in the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Jan 25th. The man is phenomenal. I think he may have been called "The Chinese Heifetz" recently. I think that does a disservice to Mr. Ning. I prefer his playing to any Heifetz I ever heard. On the other hand, it isn't fair really to compare recordings made so long ago to a recenly heard live performance in a wonderful hall.

But this disc is on my wish list and I will purchase it soon.

Indeed his first name is Feng. And it is an honor to work with him.
He studied 5 years in London at the Royal Academy of Music and now lives in Berlin. I got Feng to play with Ivan Fischer with the Concerthouse orchestra Berlin so we are hoping for more collaborations. Feng also just played with Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Van Zweden was also so impressed that they will be doing a major tour together next year.

Post by hiredfox February 15, 2014 (3 of 13)
Windsurfer said:

I believe Channel has taken Chinese custom in labeling their disc. In other words I believe the family name is "Ning" while the given name is "Feng".

We were privileged to hear Mr Ning perform in the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Jan 25th. The man is phenomenal. I think he may have been called "The Chinese Heifetz" recently. I think that does a disservice to Mr. Ning. I prefer his playing to any Heifetz I ever heard. On the other hand, it isn't fair really to compare recordings made so long ago to a recenly heard live performance in a wonderful hall.

But this disc is on my wish list and I will purchase it soon.

That is normal practice for Chinese. It is we westerners that have a problem calling him Weng as it is assumed we must be addressing him by his family name, regarded as impolite and offensive here. In any case it is still impolite using a persons given name unless invited so to do. Europe is still very much a Mister Ning culture.

Post by Chris February 15, 2014 (4 of 13)
channel said:

Indeed his first name is Feng. And it is an honor to work with him.
He studied 5 years in London at the Royal Academy of Music and now lives in Berlin. I got Feng to play with Ivan Fischer with the Concerthouse orchestra Berlin so we are hoping for more collaborations. Feng also just played with Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Van Zweden was also so impressed that they will be doing a major tour together next year.

Good to hear. Any chance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto and/or Schostakovich's 1 st and 2nd to name a few concerts urgently needed as DSD downloads and SACDs imho?
Cheers from Chris just back at my hotel from good live performances of Mozart's 22nd Piano Concerto and Mahler's mighty 1st in KL.
The soloist was the Austrian pianist Till Fellner playing a well tuned Steinway.
I'll definitely be back at Devan Philharmonic tomorrow afternoon again.
Tonight I was once again reminded that "the thing I have in my head" as Bissie put it in another thread is the vivid memory of how live symphonic music sounds in a good hall.
Looking forward to hearing mr Feng both on this release and future ones.
Best Chris

Post by Windsurfer February 16, 2014 (5 of 13)
Chris said:

Looking forward to hearing mr Feng both on this release and future ones.
Best Chris

Mr Ning !

Post by hiredfox February 20, 2014 (6 of 13)
Well, well, well! What have we here?

By any standards this is an outstanding recording from a technical point of view with an amazing sense of realism and almost unrivalled accuracy, with string tones to die for and transients that would defy most free soloers. Not perfect of course as there are some unwanted reverbs on very low bass due to stage or hall excitation but that's more noticeable at the entry of Grave from the Fantasy than elsewhere and the main work passes almost unblemished.

With only a modicum of caution it is not unrealistic to suggest this disc will be in the frame for a technical award or two next time around the awards ceremonies.

As for performance the DSO under Yang Yang play absolutely superbly with a rare precision that leaves space for the soloists where required but not letting themselves down at all in crescendo, with perfect timing of entries and devoid of raggedness. Ning Feng plays with great assurance and authority and sails through the Tchaikovsky with rare aplomb, nigh technically perfect although perhaps ultimately lacking a little in teasing out emotional expression although it is not a 'cold' performance as some can be.

All in all a very good job, well done all round so congratulations are surely due to Jared and his team for in my view raising the bar of what is possible in the SACD medium. I'll leave other more technically competent souls to suggest Grimms and things but with everyone in such scintillating form it would be invidious to put it all down to the technology. Jared also continues to present us with our disc in a Super Jewel Box and there ain't many bothering to show us that respect anymore, so top marks to him again.

...and so to the hesitant and travel weary who have asked "Do we need yet another Tchaikovsky VC1?"

The answer my friends is a resounding "Oh, yes we do" - and not only because this is certainly amongst the finest sounding digital recordings yet to grace our ears.

Post by krisjan February 20, 2014 (7 of 13)
I'd like more recordings of Tchaikovsky's VC2...

Post by channel February 23, 2014 (8 of 13)
krisjan said:

I'd like more recordings of Tchaikovsky's VC2...

I have sent this thread to Ning Feng so that maybe it will plant a small seed in his mind about recording the second concerto.

Post by canonical February 23, 2014 (9 of 13)
What is this mysterious Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No 2 ???????????? Never heard of such a thing.

[ Like Brahms' 3rd Piano Concerto ?? ]

Post by aoqd22 February 23, 2014 (10 of 13)
As there is mention of recording second concertos how about Max Bruch's Op 44 and 58?

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