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Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 / Tianwa Yang, violin

Album Summary

>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonata for violin solo no 1 in G minor, Op. 27/1
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonata for violin solo no 2 in A minor ("Obsession"), Op. 27/2
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonata for violin solo no 4 in E minor (dedicated to F. Kreisler), Op. 27/4
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonata for violin solo no 6, Op. 27/6
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Each of these demanding sonatas is dedicated to a fellow violinist and friend - Szigeti, Thibaud, Enescu, Kreisler and Quiroga - whose stye of performance they reflect.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
A display of remarkable playing. As is absolutely necessary with these pieces, the tuning is perfect, and it is a mature, assertive and compelling performance that honours these sonatas as much more than the study pieces they are often labelled.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2014
Yang negotiates the musical and technical chicanery of Ysaye's six solo Sonatas with great aplomb...Wang's rare ability to sustain a convincing emotional narrative in these elusive scores proves highly compelling...she moulds even the most challenging of phrases with a dedicated sensitivity and affectionate warmth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz, Berlin, Germany (02/13/2012-02/16/2012).



Reviews

Well played music for Solo Violin by Ms. Yang
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, Bachs 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 and driven, and it is remarkable what she is able to do. That being said, it almost seems as if there is *something* missing that I cant quite put my finger on as if there is something uneven here. Her tone, however, is also delightful, part of which has to do with the fact that she is playing on a Petrus Guarni violin from 1729.

I was expecting a good, solid musical experience when I first popped this recording into my CD player, and I was not disappointed. The recording quality is also top-notch. I am very pleased to have this recording in my collection, and for those interested in exploring Ysayes music I would definitely recommend it.

Submitted on 07/04/14 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 1 in G minor, Op. 27/1
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz, Berlin, Germany (02/13/2012-02/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 2 in A minor ("Obsession"), Op. 27/2
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz, Berlin, Germany (02/13/2012-02/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz, Berlin, Germany (02/13/2012-02/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 4 in E minor (dedicated to F. Kreisler), Op. 27/4
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz, Berlin, Germany (02/13/2012-02/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz, Berlin, Germany (02/13/2012-02/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1924

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 6, Op. 27/6
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz, Berlin, Germany (02/13/2012-02/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924