Bach & Ysaye Vol.1 | C-AVI AVI8553320

Bach & Ysaye Vol.1


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Label: C-AVI

Cat No: AVI8553320

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 24th November 2014



It was Antje Weithaas’ own idea to jointly record Johann Sebastian Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for solo violin in conjunction with Eugène Ysaÿe’s six solo violin sonatas. “The works by Bach are  rather well-known”, she remarks. “But Ysaÿe is invariably shoved  into the virtuoso corner, but as a composer he is to be taken quite seriously!”.

Eugène Ysaÿe‘s son remembers that his father started composing the solo violin sonatas when he heard Joseph Szigeti, a violinist younger than himself, play Bach in Brussels in 1923. Antje Weithaas sees many parallels with Bach’s Sonata No.1 for Solo Violin, BWV 1001: “The works have similar structures”.

Both composers wrote technically challenging pieces featuring double stops and ornamental figurations. Although there is no proof for such connections, I’m quite certain that Ysaÿe had them in mind.”  The fugues, in each case, represent quite a challenge. Each composer demands double and multiple stops from an instrument normally designed to play one part at a time. “The notes are  written directly on top of one another, as the composer must have imagined them in his head, but not in the way they are to be executed. Since the performance tradition has not survived, we can only make guesses.”

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