‘Mosaic’, violist Wenting Kang's first project


Mosaic’ is the violist’s first album Wenting Kang, principal viola of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Teatro Real holder) and teacher at the Reina Sofía School of Music. On this first album, recorded together with the pianist Sergei Kvitko and published under the label Blue Griffin, Wenting Kang offers a collection of 13 pieces by Spanish and French composers from the era of Romanticism and Impressionism, a period in which cultural interactions and exchanges between Spanish and French composers were visible and frequent. A) Yes, the CD brings together works by musicians such as Claude Debussy, Francisco Tárrega, Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Fauré, Isaac Albeniz, Akira Nishimura, Pablo Casals and Manuel de Falla, most of them arranged for viola for the first time. ‘Mosaic’ is now available on streaming platforms and one of its cuts, Ravel's 'Pavana', has been selected in the playlist “Best Classical Music Releases” from Spotify, along with recordings by some of the world's most prestigious classical performers. The album can be purchased at the main digital music stores and in physical format through www.bluegriffin.com

As its title indicates, ‘Mosaic’ brings together a collection of “short, colorful and individual, that together make up a larger image and an idea of ​​ambience”, in her own words Wenting Kang. This specific atmosphere that the disc presents has its roots in the “fascination” that the violist feels towards the works of the French and Spanish composers of this period..

These authors were mostly active from the second half of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century., a fruitful period in which "interactions and cultural exchanges between Spanish and French composers were visible and frequent". The work of these musicians not only had a strong influence on the work of the other, they were also very connected in their personal lives. Some of them were teacher and student, such as Fauré and Ravel while others were close friends and colleagues, like Fauré himself and Albéniz, Ravel and Falla or even Tárrega, Casals and Falla.

Mosaic’ features a modern composition by Akira Nishimura, Fantasia on Song of the Birds, inspired by The singing of the birds by Pablo Casals, piece that Wenting Kang wanted to add to this work as a "beautiful expressive reflection in the most contemporary musical language, and as a wonderful contrast to the piece by the Catalan composer”. Kang he also points out that while there were not many pieces by French and Spanish composers from this period originally written for viola and piano or solo viola, yes there were “wonderful transcriptions for violin or cello, some of which fit well with the color and character of the viola, for example, Heifetz's transcription of Debussy's song Beautiful evening and Emilio Colón's transcription of The seven Spanish popular songs de Falla, among other".

Kang He also states that it was a "great joy to discover that works as characteristic and challenging as Debussy's piece for clarinet First Rhapsody, Ricci's transcript of the Souvenir of the Alhambra of Tarrega and the Papillon by Fauré could bring refreshing possibilities and whimsy to the viola repertoire”.

For his first recording project Wenting Kang has had exceptional talent: that of the renowned pianist, producer and composer Sergei Kvitko. About your contribution, the violist comments: “his piano sensitivity and phrasing have given me both support and freedom”. The pianist and also producer of the album has a career as diverse as it is unstoppable in which, to his facet as an instrumentalist, adds that of composer and producer, always with excellent comments from the specialized press.

Currently, Wenting Kang She is an assistant professor in the Nobuko Imai international viola class at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Spain.. The president of the school, Paloma O'Shea, has expressed his admiration and support for the Chinese violist by signing the CD release notes. As stated, “…everyone should listen to the music of this wonderful artist”, highlighting "the suggestive color of the Wenting viola and its sensitivity". The public in Madrid will soon have a good opportunity to listen live to Wenting Kang. Specifically, it will be the next 12 of April in the National Auditorium, in a concert with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ivor Bolton in which works by Benjamin Britten will be performed, Bela Bartok and Robert Schumann. Wenting Kang, track record of excellence She has been described as "an excellent violist" who "possesses a dark, brilliant sound" by the New York Times after her performance at the Marlboro Music Festival at Carnegie Hall.. His interpretation has been described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as "elegant, precise and full of expressive intensity”, that features “a pure tone, muscular… “, becoming “passionate without ever losing control”. Kang studied at the Beijing Central Conservatory, at the New England Conservatory in Boston and at the Kronberg Academy in Germany, under the direction of Nobuko Imai, Kim Kashkashian o Garth Knox, among others. He received the first prize at the Tokyo International Viola Competition in 2012. Previously, had won prizes at events such as the Johannes Brahms International Competition or the William Primrose International Viola Competition. as a soloist, performed William Walton's Viola Concerto with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, and Don Quixote with Misha Maisky and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed the Bartok and Elgar Viola Concertos and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante., with orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan, la TOHO Gakuen de Tokio y la Boston Modern Orchestra Project. In his incessant activity as chamber music, has been invited to numerous international festivals in the United States, Europe and Asia. During 2018 Y 2020 was a member of the Dalia String Quartet. further, from 2017, joined the Imai Viola Quartet as a founding member. He has extensive experience with orchestras: He was a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra from 2014 until 2016 and has been invited as violist in important orchestras, as the Symphony of Barcelona and National of Catalonia, the Titular Orchestra of the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, among other. Currently, She is the Principal Violist of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro Real and Assistant Professor in the Nobuko Imai International Viola Class at the Reina Sofía School of Music.. He has taught viola and chamber music master classes in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Holland, Japan, Taiwan and China. Sergei Kvitko, talent at the highest level Sergei Kvitko's career is as diverse as it is successful. as a pianist, has captured the attention of critics with his “polished pianism… Horowitz's glorious 3D perspective” (Gramophone Magazine), “masterful and intuitive interpretation… dazzling mastery… an iconoclastic sense for the rhythm and phrasing of rubato”. (Fanfare Magazine) and has been praised for its “light touch… warm and round sound”, as well as “a natural and engaging musicality and a sensuous understanding of piano tone” (The Chronicle-Herald). American Record Guide rated his recording as Pictures at an exhibition Mussorgsky as "one of the best ever made" and was placed on his Critic's Choice list. Your CD of 2021 ‘Mozart. Post Scriptum’ with the Madrid Chamber Orchestra was praised as “an absolute explosion of creativity by Mr.. Kvitko ” (EarRelevant). In 2013 debuted in New York with a solo recital at Carnegie Hall “received with enthusiastic applause, bravos and a standing ovation” (New York Concert Review). As a composer he was awarded for his music for the work dracula by Steven Dietz as well as for the glass menagerie de Tennessee Williams. His cadences for Mozart's Concerto in D minor were described as “spectacular, to say the least” (Pizzicato magazine, Germany). His achievements are completed with his work as a sound engineer and producer of the highest level.. As a producer, he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Classical Album.. His recording Mechanics Carter Pann was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Sergei Kvitko was born in Russia and began studying music at the age of six.. After receiving the highest musical education in his home country, moved to the United States to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. (GRAMMY).