- Tai Murray (Violin)
Notes & Reviews:
Chicago-born violinist Tai Murray, a BBC New Generation Artist in 2009, makes her harmonia mundi début in a dazzling reading of the six solo Sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe. Each sonata was dedicated to one of Ysaÿe's contemporary violinists - Joseph Szigeti (No.1), Jacques Thibaud (No.2), George Enescu (No.3), Fritz Kreisler (No.4), Mathieu Crickboom (No.5) and Manuel Quiroga (No.6). Inspired by hearing Szigeti perform J.S. Bach's Sonata for solo violin in G minor, Ysaÿe wrote sonatas that represent the evolution of musical techniques and expressions of his time. He used prominent characteristics of early 20th century music such as whole tone scales and quartertones. He also employed virtuoso bow and left hand techniques that place high technical demands on the performer. In spite of these challenges, Murray's superb technique and burnished tone allow Ysaÿe's fascinating music to sing as never before.
Murray's reading is vivid and imaginative: elegant in the baroque double-stopping of the first sonata, feverish in the second, sheer and smooth in the fourth, flirtatious in the sixth.
The yearning Murray creates by way of her seamless lines is heart-wrenching...the perfection of [her] intonation, especially in the many virtuoso passages of fast-moving, random intervals of no predicable pattern, has tipped so far over into another league of accuracy that it adds an extra dimension of enjoyment to an already superlative disc.
BBC Music Magazine
Murray is the latest in a long line of soloists who have managed to conquer most of [the Sonatas'] technical difficulties and focus on the music. I say most: the opening of his First Sonata could be thrown off with greater abandon, and in general Murray could take more risks...Murray is more effective in the intimate moments.
American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Murray plays a fine-sounding Giovanni Tononi violin (ca. 1690). Very good sound.
Recording information: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (03/2011).
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Works DetailsEugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1931) : Sonatas (6) for violin solo, Op. 27
- Performer: Tai Murray (Violin)
- Running Time: 65 min. 58 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1923