Review of Bion Tsang's latest CD

American Record Guide Cincinnati, OH July/August 2010

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This is a concert at Jordan Hall at Boston's New England Conservatory. It is slightly more distantly miked than in a studio. That is not a criticism: it gives us somewhat more dynamic range, making it more exciting. One hears the occasional cough and applause from the audience and some heavy breathing on the part of the cellist, but that's part of the fun.

Tsang's arrangements for cello of Joachim's arrangements for violin of the Hungarian Dances are effective and played with virtuosity. Here Tsang comes into his own, showing unerring intonation in numerous double-stops. The slow movement of Violin Sonata 3 is also impressive and well transcribed as well.

By David Moore

Review available in hard print in Volume 73, Number 4 (July/August 2010)