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YSAŸE, E.: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 (Tianwa Yang)

Composer(s):Ysaye, Eugene
Artist(s) Yang, Tianwa, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572995
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Eugène Ysaÿe was a towering figure in the history of the violin. He also composed a number of important works, most inspirationally the cycle of Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, which rank among the greatest and most demanding of the twentieth century. Each is dedicated to a fellow violinist and friend, whose style of performance and musical preoccupations they reflect. Echoes of Bach are present, as are dance motifs, and virtuoso figuration, reflecting the eminence of the dedicatees.


Well played music for Solo Violin by Ms. Yang
Review By WH99400,July 2014

This recording consists of the 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27, and a daunting body of music this is. Each of the sonatas is dedicated to a performer that Eugene Ysaye respected and knew, including Joeseph Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud, and Fritz Kreisler.

These are fascinating works in that there are elements of Bach present in several of them, and, as indicated in the sparse but informative liner notes, Bach’s forms are also evident in several of the works. The compositions themselves are intellectually fulfilling, but the virtuoso dexterity and balance it takes to play these pieces without them sounding lifeless is astonishing, and it is a shame that there is a not a video component here so that we could see Ms. Yang do this. Her playing is deft and delicate and powerful more....

A Revelation
Review By SM106071,August 2014

I was not even aware of this music, or this performer, until the album popped up in one of the ClassicsOnline emails. I knew nothing of Ysaye either, although I had heard the name. I bought it because I love the J.S.Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin, and thought that any music that had been inspired by them might be worth a listen. Little did I imagine what was in store.

The music is wonderful in its variety, from fire-and-brimstone through folksiness to sheer seduction, and echoes of Bach are everywhere. Yang's performance is nothing short of breath-taking. Her command of the instrument is total - power, sweetness and subtlety are all available as and when required. The technical demands of the music, which I'm sure are fearsome, seem to pose no problems for her. more....


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