Eugène Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27
The Canadian violinist Karl Stobbe makes an indelible mark with his debut recording for AVIE, a bold traversal of Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas for Solo Violin. The composer of seminal works of the twentieth century, Ysaÿe – a virtuoso violinist himself – was inspired by J.S. Bach’s works for solo violin, and remarked, ‘at the present day the tools of violin mastery, of expression, technique, mechanism, are far more necessary than in days gone by. In fact they are indispensable, if the spirit is to express itself without restraint’. Stobbe handles Ysaÿe’s virtuoso techniques with aplomb, imbuing the Sonatas with the highest musical values as well.
Karl Stobbe is recognised as one of Canada’s most accomplished and diverse violinists. Whether as a concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, or teacher, he is known for his dedication to excellence on the violin and to classical music in all its forms. He has appeared in North America’s most notable concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, and Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, California. As a chamber musician and soloist, he has shared the stage with many leading and diverse violinists of our day, from James Ehnes to Mark O’Connor. Also an accomplished luthier, Karl Stobbe has a passion for the construction and mechanics of the violin, which contributes to his utmost ability as a performer.
"Dedicated to violinist friends ’pictured within’, Ysaye’s Op 27 is a 20th-century tour de force. For his Avie debut Stobbe bestrides its challenges with rich tone, sure technique and narrative acuity." ****
Paul Riley - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - August 2014
"... Stobbe has the measure of this music, plus all the necessary enthusiasm and technique to present it convincingly."
Duncan Druce - Gramophone magazine - July 2014