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Solitario / Alexandre da Costa

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonata for violin solo no 2 in A minor ("Obsession"), Op. 27/2
>Lafond, Robert : Solitario, for violin
>Prévost, André : Improvisation, for violin
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Montreal virtuoso Alexandre da Costa was born in 1979. At a very young age he showed great affinity for both the violin and piano. By 1998, at the age of 18, he received his Master 's Degree from the Quebec Conservatory of Music. He is the winner of many prestigious national and international prizes, and has appeared as a soloist throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe. Among his recordings for XXI-21, his performance of the Violin Concerto by the Portuguese composer Luis de Freitas Branco (X521) has met with high acclaim. On this disc he performs on his 1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius violin the demanding Bach Sonata and two of the solo Sonatas of Ysaye, as well as two striking Canadian works. Lafond 's Solitario is a reflection on "that last moment of retrospection in our life that is fading away, in our past distress and happiness, fear and madness." Andre Prevost 's works reflected a deep spirituality and a constant reflection on humankind. Improvisation is a piece where the composer gives the performer great leeway, leading him to soul-searching. Since human beings are forever changing, this work is designed so it cannot be played the same way every time.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
  • Performer: Alexandre da Costa (Violin)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 2 in A minor ("Obsession"), Op. 27/2
  • Performer: Alexandre da Costa (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1922.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Lafond, Robert : Solitario, for violin
  • Performer: Alexandre da Costa (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>André Prévost (1934 - ) : Improvisation, for violin
  • Performer: Alexandre da Costa (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976