- Sonata for violin solo No. 4 in E minor (dedicated to F. Kreisler), Op. 27/4
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Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonatas for Solo Violin based on 0 ratings. 1 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, Bach’s 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 can’t 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 Ysaye’s music I would definitely recommend it.