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  • Paganini 24 Caprices + 1

    Ning Feng

    Channels Classics CCS43221
    Jan 2021

    “From the fabulously virtuosic first, the trademark rapid string skittering is exhilaratingly done..Feng’s sound has great warmth in the lower register and lightness up top – there is nothing grandstandingly showy here, but a virtuosic truth to the music, which might sound contradictory given that we are talking about Paganini, but brings remarkable clarity.”

    BBC Music Magazine, March 2021, 5 out of 5 stars



    “Stunning virtuosity from a violinist who holds a musical universe in his hands… This disc, containing Paganini playing that drives every other performance out of my mind while I am listening to it, makes me a Ning Feng fan. The Berlin-based Chinese violinist…clearly at his peak when he made it in January 2020.

    The Strad March 2021


    “Many violinists will be humbled by Ning Feng’s musical and technical capabilities but more important than that is his ability to make the music palatable for listeners…. The more you listen, the more you want to listen. The competition is fierce… But Ning Feng is up there with the best of them, and he’s beautifully recorded to boot.”

    Gramophone March 2021


    “The thrill of listening to virtuoso pieces is that you hear and feel that someone is being challenged, usually it just works out.. We have now reached such a level that that element has disappeared. And that without any “look at me”. The decapricciofication is complete, what remains is music full of passion. Ning Feng has played out Paganini.”

    de Volkskrant February 2021 ★★★★★

  • Virtuosismo

    Ning Feng
    Orquesta Sinfónico del Principado de Asturias
    Rossen Milanov, conductor

    Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op.6
    Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op.31


    ***** Performance ***** Recording “Feng’s playing is so commanding throughout – the tricky first movement cadenza and third movement scherzo are almost impossibly silky-smooth – that one is left in absolutely no doubt who the real star of the show is. It sets the seal on arguably Feng’s finest release to date, captured in alluringly natural sound.”
    BBC Music Magazine

    “An absolute delight to hear a violinist so at ease with Paganini. So beautifully equipped to deal elegantly with any demand that he makes”.
    Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3

    “The Chinese violinist’s distinctive, honey-sweet timbre suits these two contrasting showcases by virtuoso violinist-composers to perfection: Feng wears their often fearsome technical demands disarmingly lightly, and is fully alive to the operatic qualities of the Paganini in particular, phrasing bel canto melodies and filigree passagework like a nineteenth-century diva at the top of her game.”
    Presto Classical, October 2019

    “His empathy and sovereign technique guarantee magical moments.”
    De Gelderlander, October 2019

  • String Quartets: Borodin, Weinberg, Shostakovich

    Dragon Quartet

    Borodon: String Quartet No.2 in D major
    Shostakovich: String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110
    Weinberg: String Quartet No.5 in B flat major, Op.27

    RELEASED on 12 APRIL 2019

    “a programme of Russian quartets that confirms their right to be considered alongside the best of their Western counterparts… an impressive calling card.”
    Gramophone Magazine

    “The Dragons play Borodin’s Second with affection and a natural flow”
    BBC Music Magazine

  • Elgar & Finzi Violin Concertos

    Ning Feng
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

    Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61
    Finzi: Violin Concerto

    RELEASED on 16 NOVEMBER 2018

    “Ning Feng makes light work of Elgar’s challenging intricacies, ensuring the music shimmers and takes flight… Feng also avoids the interpretative pitfall of over-ruminating, yet when the music turns magically inward … he finds a way of capturing its half-whispered intimacy without becoming bogged down in a mire of portamento-laden espressivo.”
    The Strad, February 2019

    “Feng is a poet too. His first entry in Elgar’s Concertoquickly turns introspective, and the famous Windflower’ theme quivers with sentient fragility. A dignified tenderness pervades Feng’s account of the Andante, his sweetly resinous tone suggesting the mingled pain and pleasure of unspoken, distant memories… Not a bar of it is uninvolving.”
    BBC Music Magazine

  • Bach Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin

    Ning Feng

    Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV 1001
    Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002
    Sonata No.2 in A minor BWV 1003
    Partita No.2 in D minor BWV 1004
    Sonata No.3 in C major BWV 1005
    Partita No.3 in E major BWV 1006

    RELEASED on 19 JANUARY 2018

    “Ning Feng’s solo Bach is quite unlike anyone else’s… it’s the illusion of a freewheeling conversation projected from within that held me captive… – that, and the expressive scope of his playing, emotionally potent yet with the most discreet use of vibrato… there are other players on the current circuit whose Bach-playing on disc I greatly admire… but Feng’s manner catches my breath in the way theirs doesn’t, quite.”
    Gramophone, March 2018

  • Dvořák & Schubert String Quartets

    Dragon Quartet

    Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D.810, 'Death and the Maiden'
    Dvořák: String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96, 'American'

    RELEASED on 26 MAY 2017

    “[With the Dragon Quartet] we have the assembling of a “supergroup,” comprised of players of international reputation … there is tremendous excitement and spirit to their playing … it is a tremendous debut and very well recorded.”
    Audiophile Audition

  • Apasionado

    Ning Feng, violin
    Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias
    Rossen Milanov, conductor

    Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
    Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21
    Sarasate: Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22
    Ravel: Tzigane
    Bizet-Waxman: Carmen Fantasy

    RELEASED on 18 MARCH 2016

    “Here he brings his dazzling fingerwork and romantic lyricism to passionate music from Spain and its neighbour France. Daring virtuosity and perfectly pitched sweetness throughout.”
    Classic FM, March 2016

    “On his new disc he mixes passion with taste. His virtuosity never barges into the foreground, but is a means to an end which does a world of good to the compositions by Sarasate, Lalo, Ravel and Biuzet/Waxman.”
    RP Online, April 2016

    “On his new CD “Apasionado”, the 34-year-old Chinese violinist Ning Feng impressively demonstrates that Asian reserve and Spanish passion in no way preclude the other.

    Ning Feng does impress with technical ability. But above all, it is his full and warm tone that enriches the CD’s collected virtuosic Spanish showpieces from composers such as Sarasate and Lalo with powerful passion and romantic lyricism. ”
    MDR Klassik, June 2016 (more…)

  • Bruch & Tchaikovsky

    Ning Feng, violin
    Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    Yang Yang

    Bruch: Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op.46 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op.35


    “Ning Feng’s account of the Tchaikovsky is notably elegant. The fast, high passages sound wonderfully clear and pure, and the first movement, in particular, abounds in balletic grace – surely a part of the music’s essential character.”
    Gramophone, March 2014 (more…)

  • DUO

    Ning Feng, violin
    Li-Wei Qin, cello

    Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op.7
    Glière: Eight Pieces for Violin & Cello, Op.39
    Ravel: Sonata For Violin And Cello
    Halvorsen: Passacaglia In G minor, after G.F. Handel
    Available in Hong Kong only: buy on HMV

    Released on 15 September 2014
    Universal Music Limited

  • Solo 2

    Ning Feng, Violin

    Prokofiev: Solo Sonata in D Hindemith: Solo Sonata Op.31, No.1 Hindemith: Solo Sonata Op.31, No.2 Bartok: Solo Sonata

    Released in 2013 Channel Classics 34413

    “A generous collection of some of the key 20th-century works for solo violin… fine performances of important repertoire in excellent sound.”
    Classical Music magazine, August 2013 (more…)

  • S

    Ning Feng, violin

    Milstein, Paganini, Berio, Schnittke, Ernst

    Released in 2010 Channel classics 31210

    “You will be blown away by the artistry of this album, and blown away in great sound to boot. This is a stunning recording of solo violin works by a variety of composers … and there are really few violinists who are able to pull it off. NingFeng is one of those who can, not only for his sterling playing but also because of the rabid intelligence behind the selection of pieces here. None of these works is anything less than enthralling, and a few approach the incandescent. Milstein’s arrangement of the Paganiniana has never been bettered … this is an unqualified recommendation of a wonderful album that demonstrates the highest artistic and programming skills possible.”
    Audiophile Audition, February 2011 (more…)

  • Hello Mr Paganini

    Ning Feng, violin Thomas Hoppe, piano

    Paganini Non più mesta, Op.12; Caprice No.24; Variations on God Save the King, Op.9; Cantabile; Nel cor più non mi sento; Le Streghe, Op.8; La Campanella (The Bell), Op.7; I Palpiti, Op.13

    Released in 2008 Channel Classics 80807

    “It’s no surprise to learn that Ning Feng was the winner of the 2006 International Paganini Competition in Genoa; he’s able to bring the great virtuoso’s most extreme flights of fancy to life with exceptional beauty and precision. The left hand pizzicati are uncommonly clear, even and rhythmic, and the notorious double harmonics are not only pure in tuning and tone quality, but sensitively and expressively phrased, too. Performed with this degree of finesse, Paganini’s music takes on a surreal quality – a dreamlike extension of more normal ranges of expression… It’s an enthralling, exciting recital.”
    Gramophone, February 2008 (more…)

  • China Connection

    Ning Feng, violinZen Hu, violin

    Lazic, Bartók, Hu Xiao Ou, Yang Bao Zhi, Prokofiev, Hindemith

    Released in 2009
    Channel Classics 80309

    “Zen Hu writes of discovering the similarities between the folk music of East and West, and with this project in mind she did not have to go far to find Ning Feng, who hails from the same part of China. Both live up to their impressive credentials, with strong performances of close and constant interplay.”
    Limelight Magazine, December 2010 (more…)