Eugene Ysaye – Sonatas for solo violin – Alina Ibragimova (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Eugene Ysaye – Sonatas for solo violin – Alina Ibragimova (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 67:43 minutes | 1.21 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: May 2014, Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom

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 was revelatory, turns out performances fully worthy of this distinguished ancestry.

If you want proof that Eugène Ysaÿe was one of the most influential violinists ever, just look at the friends he wrote his sonatas for. They include Kreisler, Thibaud, Enescu—and Szigeti, who gave a performance of Bach in 1923 that inspired Ysaÿe to wonder why nobody had yet attempted to follow that composer’s set of unaccompanied violin works, and then to sketch his own six responses in just one day.
Each was written for a specific player, flattering his skills and, in Thibaud’s case especially, poking fun at his foibles; why his Sonata No 2 abounds in quotes of the Dies Irae is a mystery, but almost certainly a private joke.
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. –Erica Jeal, The Guardian

Tracklist:
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
Sonata for solo violin No 1 in G minor Op 27/1
1 Grave: Lento assai[5’49]
2 Fugato: Molto moderato[4’43]
3 Allegretto poco scherzoso: Amabile[4’39]
4 Finale con brio: Allegro fermo[2’59]
Sonata for solo violin No 2 in A minor Op 27/2
5 Obsession ‘Prélude’: Poco vivace[2’22]
6 Malinconia: Poco lento[3’06]
7 Danse des ombres ‘Sarabande’: Lento[4’23]
8 Les furies: Allegro furioso[3’12]
9 Sonata for solo violin No 3 in D minor ‘Ballade’ Op 27/3[7’46]
Sonata for solo violin No 4 in E minor Op 27/4
10 Allemanda: Lento maestoso[5’17]
11 Sarabande: Quasi lento[3’22]
12 Finale: Presto ma non troppo[2’48]
Sonata for solo violin No 5 in G major Op 27/5
13 L’aurore: Lento assai[4’31]
14 Danse rustique: Allegro giocoso molto moderato – Moderato amabile –
– Tempo 1 – Poco più mosso[5’23]
15 Sonata for solo violin No 6 in E major Op 27/6[7’23]

Personnel:
Alina Ibragimova, violin

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