Notes & Reviews:
Before Eugène Ysaÿes six solo sonatas /written 1923/24) or Zoltán Székelys solo sonata (written 1919/20), the established solo violin repertoire was limited to Bachs Sonatas and Partitas and Paganinis 24 Caprices. Reflections, Carolin Widmann's new CD, features solo works beyond and since Ysaÿe, by Boulez, Sciarrino and Jörg Widmann. A hugely versatile musician, Ms Widmann's activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, chamber music and, increasingly, period instrument performances including play/direction from the violin.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
This is a curious program for solo violin beginning with a quite listenable nine-minute piece by Pierre Boulez (b. 1925). The two sonatas by Eugene Ysaye (1858-1931) are modern in tone. The second begins by quoting from Bach and then gets obsessed with the Dies Irae. Sonata 4 sounds as if it is also quoting from something.