The Belgian violinist Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿe (1858-1931) was among the leading virtuosi of his day, inspiring admiration from other great contemporary performers. Franck’s Violin Sonata was dedicated to him as a wedding present; other dedications included Chausson’s Poème and Violin Concerto and Debussy’s String Quartet.
Ysaÿe’s best known compositions, at least among violinists, to whom they present a constant technical and musical challenge, are the very demanding Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27, published in 1924, each of them dedicated to a distinguished contemporary player, whose style of performance they reflect.
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 SoloViolin, 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.
Listen to an excerpt from Violin Sonata No. 4: Finale
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About the Artist
Tianwa Yang has quickly established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist. Her recording of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, made at the age of thirteen, makes her the youngest artist to have recorded these works. Born in Beijing, Tianwa Yang began studying the violin at the age of four, winning six national competitions even in childhood. At the age of ten she entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and in 2003 she was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service to study chamber music in Germany where she remains a resident.
“This really is a most engaging collection, the freshness and spontaneity of Piazzolla’s writing matched by the committed, idiomatic playing of all concerned. The violinist Tianwa Yang certainly makes a good impression... switching from Vivaldian formality to urban insouciance with disarming ease.” - MusicWeb International
“…Tianwa Yang…proves an outstanding advocate, soaring aloft on the surging tide of Mendelssohn’s inspiration with captivating spontaneity and disarming sincerity. …the ever-attentive Patrick Gallois judges the post-Classical gestures of the D minor Concerto to perfection. Yang sounds completely immersed in Mendelssohn’s prodigious genius both here and in the F minor Sonata.” - The Strad
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