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Ning Feng – J.S. Bach: Partitas and Sonatas for Solo Violin (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ning Feng – J.S. Bach: Partitas and Sonatas for Solo Violin (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 02:27:11 minutes | 4,35 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital booklet, Front Cover | © Channel Classics Records

The album establishes Feng as the first Chinese violinist to have recorded all six of Bach’s Partitas and Sonatas, regarded to be the pinnacle of the solo violin repertoire. It is also Feng’s third solo release after Solo and Solo 2. Feng says of the album: “Bach’s solo works have always been a part of my musical life … and I started recording these masterworks… to pay my tribute to the greatest musician of all time.”

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Ning Feng – Virtuosismo: Paganini & Vieuxtemps (2019) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD256/11.28MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Ning Feng, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Rossen Milanov – Virtuosismo: Paganini & Vieuxtemps (2019)
DSD256 (.dsf) 1 bit/11,2 MHz | Time – 68:19 minutes | 10,7 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96kHz | Time – 68:19 minutes | 1,12 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Ning Feng, 1st Prize Winner of the Paganini Competition 2006, brings you Niccolò Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 4 on his Stradivari ‘MacMillan’, 1721. “Virtuosismo” is his second recording with OSPA – Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias under the baton of conductor Rossen Milanov.

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Ning Feng – Paganini 24 Caprices + 1 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ning Feng – Paganini 24 Caprices + 1 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:19:18 minutes | 2,65 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Bookelt, Front Cover | © Channel Classics Records

Paganini’s success as a violin virtuoso was naturally only partly based on the fantastical, mysterious and demonic atmosphere that surrounded him. What his professional admirers captivated most of all was his unparalleled playing technique. The best impression of his musical and technical accomplishment can be gained from his most talkedabout work, the 24 Caprices opus 1 (1817), which were modelled on the similarly named pieces by Pietro Locatelli (1733). To this day the 24 Caprices are still considered the bible of violin technique. Ning Feng, First Prize winner at the 2006 International Violin Competition Premio Paganini, gives us a fresh take on his 2017 Samuel Zygmuntowicz violin, and concludes the program with the remarkable Caprice d’Adieu.

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Ning Feng – Virtuosismo: Paganini & Vieuxtemps (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ning Feng – Virtuosismo: Paganini & Vieuxtemps (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:08:17 minutes | 2,15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Channel Classics Records

From his first spectacular performance the eleven-year-old violin prodigy Niccolò Paganini took Italy and the rest of Europe by storm. His success as a virtuoso was due both to his mysterious, demonic aura and to his unsurpassed technique, with countless double stops, flageolets, pizzicatos, and his habit of playing only on the G string. Many considered him to be the best violinist of their age. We are proud to have violinist Ning Feng, hailed for his great lyricism, innate musicality and stunning virtuosity and blessed with an impeccable technique and a silken tone, perform Paganini’s virtuosic violin concerto in D major.

Another child prodigy of that time was Henry Vieuxtemps, who enjoyed an outstanding career as a violinist from the age of six, studying in Vienna and Paris and touring Europe, Russia and the USA. The concerto No. 4 in D minor was his own favourite concerto.

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Ning Feng – Elgar & Finzi : Violin Concertos (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ning Feng – Elgar & Finzi : Violin Concertos (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:02 minutes | 1,36 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Channel Classics Records

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has played Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61, many times, but the work gets new dashes of flavor here from Chinese violinist Ning Feng and Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. Regardless of your reaction to them, this release from Channel Classics is worth your time for the inclusion of the delightful little Violin Concerto by Gerald Finzi, which did not have its premiere until 1999. Few recordings are available. The blame for the work’s suppression lies with Finzi himself, who considered it an imperfect youthful effort. Perhaps the middle movement lacks the concision of the other two (this was his objection), but it’s an exceptionally attractive little neoclassical work, and Finzi was 26 when he wrote it, no teenager. Sample the vigorous hornpipe rondo finale. In the Elgar, Feng studiously avoids the work’s reputation for sentimentality, and one could wish for a bit more expression to be applied, say, in the lower register at the beginning of the first movement. The slow movement is ethereal, however, with Prieto keeping the energy moving in an even flow and Feng handling the abundant technical challenges with ease. You may favor his interpretation, and with the Finzi you will be getting in almost on the ground floor.

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Ning Feng – Bruch: Scottish Fantasy; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto (2013) [2.0 & 5.0] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Ning Feng, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Yang Yang – Bruch: Scottish Fantasy / Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto (2013)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:41 minutes | Digital Booklet | 3,92 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1,27 GB
Features Stereo & multichannel Surround Sound | Channel Classics # CCS SA 34913

After two very successful solo discs it was time for Chinese violin star Ning Feng to move on and record two beautiful pieces for solo violin and orchestra. The great success of Max Bruch’s 1st Violin Concerto cast a shadow over his other music. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D is a breathtakingly virtuosic work from becoming one of the most frequently performed of all violin concertos.

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Bartok, Prokofiev, Hindemith – Solo 2 – Ning Feng (2013) [DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz]

Bartok, Prokofiev, Hindemith – Solo 2 – Ning Feng (2013)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz  | Time – 01:09:45 minutes | 2,75 GB | Genre: Classical
Source: ISO SACD | © Channel Classics Records B.V. 
Recorded: Westvest, Schiedam, February 2012, March 2012

Béla Bartok composed his Sonata for violin solo (1944) after emigrating from Hungary to the USA on the outbreak of World War II. A few years before, he had openly expressed his aversion to Hitler and the rise of the Nazis, refusing to play his own music or have it performed in Germany. Bartók was consequently boycotted almost everywhere, particularly in pro-German countries. Political developments in Hungary and surrounding dictatorships became such an unbearable torment, that after long hesitation he said farewell to his fatherland (and to his mother). In North America, however, the composer and his wife could hardly settle. For many years Bart.k did not compose, and he felt that he would never be able to do so again. He darted through the overcrowded streets of New York like an anxious animal. He felt like a miserable and uprooted stranger, became ill, and weighed hardly 44 kilos in 1943. Bartók died of leukaemia in New York in 1945

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