Classical album by Eugene Ysaye and Thomas Zehetmair
This is a stunning performance of some of the most formidably difficult music in the repertoire. Written by the foremost violinist of his, and perhaps any other time, these six sonatas contain every imaginable--and some unimaginable--technical, tonal, … see full wiki
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) was one of the wonders of the music world when he dominated the scene as the greatest violinist of his day. Unfortunately his performing career was relatively short, but his legacy lives on through his compositions for his chosen instrument, compositions that challenge the every best violinists to reach beyond human capabilities and 'play like the devil'!
This excellent recording of his six Sonatas for Solo Violin is given the kind of performance that will remain a gold standard for some time. Thomas Zehetmair again proves that there are few hurdles he cannot leap and each of the six sonatas are performed with panache, technical brilliance, and zest. The history of the sonatas and the violinists to whom they were dedicated is well known, but it takes performances like these by Zehetmair to point out the subtle references of the dedications.
This is a virtuoso performance of virtuosic compositions and makes a fine addition to everyone's musical library. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 05