Bach & Ysaye Vol.1
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Cat No: AVI8553320
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 24th November 2014
WorksPartita for solo violin no.2 in D minor, BWV1004
Sonata for solo violin no.1 in G minor, BWV1001
Sonatas (6) for solo violin, op.27
ArtistsAntje Weithaas (violin)
It was Antje Weithaas’ own idea to jointly record Johann Sebastian Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for solo violin in conjunction with Eugčne Ysa˙e’s six solo violin sonatas. “The works by Bach are rather well-known”, she remarks. “But Ysa˙e is invariably shoved into the virtuoso corner, but as a composer he is to be taken quite seriously!”.
Eugčne Ysa˙e‘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 Ysa˙e 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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