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YSAŸE, E.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 27, Nos. 1-6 (Baráti)

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release date: December 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Kristof Barati


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Brilliant Classics




Total Time - 64:46
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Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 27, No. 1

1 I. Grave: Lento assai 05:05
2 II. Fugato: Molto moderato 04:00
3 III. Allegretto poco scherzoso 04:07
4 IV. Finale con brio: Allegro fermo 02:40

Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op. 27, No. 2

5 I. Prelude, "Obsession" 02:21
6 II. Malinconia 02:35
7 III. Sarabande, "Danse des ombres" 04:34
8 IV. Les furies 02:57

Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, "Ballade"


Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 27, No. 4

10 I. Allemanda: Lento maestoso 05:45
11 II. Sarabande, "Danse des ombres": Quasi lento 03:01
12 III. Finale: Presto ma non troppo 03:10

Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 27, No. 5

13 I. L'aurore: Lento assai 04:38
14 II. Danse rustique: Allegro giocoso molto moderato 05:29

Violin Sonata in E Major, Op. 27, No. 6

 Kristof Barati Soloist

Born in 1858, the Belgian Eugène Ysaÿe was one of the great violinists of his generation, a soloist-conductor who travelled throughout Europe giving concerts and who was regularly called upon by some of the most famous composers of his time to perform their works - such names include César Franck and Claude Debussy.

Aside from his busy concert schedule, Ysaÿe also found success as a composer, thus following the tradition of compatriot virtuosos Hubert Léonard, C.A. de Bériot and Henry Vieuxtemps. His acquaintance with the French school of composers led his music to take on a passionate, improvisatory character, one that is clearly discernible in his Six Sonatas Op.27 for the solo violin - the subject of this engaging release. Dedicated to the greatest violinists of his era (No.1 to Joseph Szigeti, No.2 to Jacques Thibaud, and so on), the works are a fascinating testament to Ysaÿe’s art, their harmonic originality and virtuosity revealing a composer who was intent on writing for posterity and the younger generation of violinists. Prominent characteristics of 20th-century music, such as whole tone scales and quarter tones, abound, and yet Ysaÿe was quick to warn players not to let the technical elements of a composition dominate the musical proceedings: emotional intensity must always prevail.

Hungarian-born Kristóf Baráti is the performer on this release, recorded in the concert hall of the beautiful, recently built Kodály Centre in Pécs. As one of the most talented violinists of his generation, Baráti has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras and collaborated alongside esteemed conductors such as Kurt Masur and Iván Fischer. He plays a 1703 Stradivari violin, the ’Lady Harmsworth’, kindly loaned by the Stradivari Society.

Recorded 8-10th January 2013 in the superb acoustics of the new Concert Hall in Pécs, Hungary. 

                        **** (Excellent)

Alberto Cantù - Musica magazine (Italy) - February 2014

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