Ysaye: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27

Ysaye: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27

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Eugène Ysaÿe was a towering figure in the history of the violin. He also composed a number of important works, most inspirationally the cycle of Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, which rank among the greatest and most demanding of the twentieth century. Each is dedicated to a fellow violinist and friend, whose style of performance and musical preoccupations they reflect. Echoes of Bach are present, as are dance motifs, and virtuoso figuration, reflecting the eminence of the dedicatees.

Tianwa Yang has quickly established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist. She has recorded critically acclaimed interpretations of the complete music for violin and orchestra, and for violin and piano by Sarasate.


[Tianwa Yang] plays all this music like an expert gymnast showing the wannabes how to flip on the balance beam and land on one foot as if in their sleep. She maintains poise regardless of speed or difficulty. I’m sure that getting these works under her fingers took hours and hours of practice, but her smooth delivery keeps the “yes, but” factor out of the way. She exudes a command bordering on relaxation, even in the trickiest passages, yet her emotional ties to the music are always at or hear a white heat. Thus does she present us with these six crown jewels as if she were offering us a piece of her own soul.

-- The Art Music Lounge

Tianwa Yang’s colors are gorgeous, her nuances magical. Not technique (though she is technically flawless), but expression is her first concern. So, with her rich musicality, she becomes a fascinating narrator in Ysaÿe’s masterworks.

-- Pizzicato

Fresh from her recorded triumphs in Sarasate and Mendelssohn, Tianwa Yang negotiates the musical and technical chicanery of Ysaÿe’s six solo Sonatas with great aplomb. Even bearing in mind outstanding accounts by [others], Yang’s rare ability to sustain a convincing emotional narrative in these elusive scores proves highly compelling. Completely unfazed by Ysaÿe’s near-constant Bachian cross-referencing and mild harmonic astringencies, she moulds even the most challenging of phrases with a dedicated sensitivity and affectionate warmth.

-- BBC Music Magazine

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: May 27, 2014

  • UPC: 747313299577

  • Catalog Number: 8572995

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Late Romantic

  • Composer: Eugène Ysaÿe

  • Performer: Tianwa Yang