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Ysae: Sonatas for Solo Violin / Alina Ibragimova, 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:

Ysaÿe's Sonatas for solo violin were sketched out in a fevered twenty-four hours during the summer of 1923, a response to the question of why - in over two hundred years - no one had attempted to follow the path forged by Johann Sebastian Bach. Each of these six new Sonatas is dedicated to and customized around the playing style of a contemporary violinist, and as such they present formidable challenges. Russian virtuoso Alina Ibragimova, whose earlier recording of the Bach Sonatas & Partitas was revelatory, turns out performances fully worthy of this distinguished ancestry.

The Guardian, 28th May 2015
Together, the sonatas form a freewheeling ride to the limits of violin technique, often recalling Bach but more often not. Alina Ibragimova is a superb advocate; nothing here sounds like a mere showpiece, and her performances brim with lyricism and wit.

The Times, 19th June 2015
Nothing in the violin canon is quite like this: the ghost of Bach lurks behind each sonata, but their character is distinct: there is wry humour, grave beauty and daring impetuosity. Ibragimova transfixes throughout.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
Ibragimova has made many fine recordings in recent years, but this solo Ysaye disc must count as one of her most memorable achievements...If we think of Ibragimova as a thoughtful, even scholarly player, here she proves herself adept at all the frequent showy tricks...she takes her place now as one of the most distinguished exponents of these fascinating works.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2015
She's up there with the best...there's much of the tonal and dynamic palette that this music needs, characterising the forceful and passionate, as well as the shadowy and understated. She has a good feel for organic rubato,which never loses the underlying pulse, and can change mood and colour almost instantaneously.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2014-05-12_2014-05-13&2014-).



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Works Details

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 1 in G minor, Op. 27/1
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2014-05-12_2014-05-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 2 in A minor ("Obsession"), Op. 27/2
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2014-05-12_2014-05-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2014-05-12_2014-05-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 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: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2014-05-12_2014-05-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2014-05-12_2014-05-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1924

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 6, Op. 27/6
  • Performer: Alina Ibragimova (Violin)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2014-05-12_2014-05-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924