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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.

Naxos 8.572995
YSAŸE, E.: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27
Tianwa Yang

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.

Listen to an excerpt from Violin Sonata No. 4: Finale


Ysaÿe: String Trio/Sonata for 2 violins/Cello Sonata
Henning Kraggerud • Bard Monsen • Lars Anders Tomter • Ole-Eirik Ree
Naxos 8.570977

“Great credit to Naxos for releasing a disc which...provides curious collectors with a superb introduction to the chamber music of this still undervalued composer who is so much more than just a purveyor of violinistic virtuosity. More please.”
- MusicWeb International

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.

Read The Pure Magic of Music, Jeremy Siepmann's interview with Tianwa Yang

Additional recordings by Tianwa Yang

Wolfgang Rihm
Violin and Piano works

“You could scarcely do better than this CD…Tianwa Yang and Nicholas Rimmer sound quite at home, even in the most difficult passages, and imbue these works with emotion, as well as meeting their technical challenges with aplomb…yet again, Naxos deserves praise for making contemporary music accessible at reasonable cost, and through excellent performances.” © 2013
- BBC Music Magazine

Astor Piazzolla
Sinfonia Buenos Aires
4 Seasons of Buenos Aires

“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

8.572662 / NBD0032
Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concertos/Violin Sonata in F minor

“…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

Also on Blu-ray

Also available on DVD

Naxos DVD 2.110283
Tianwa Yang, violin
St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra • Vladimir Lande

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
YSAŸE Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor ‘Ballade’
J.S. BACH Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 100

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