Les Furies: Ysaye - Six Sonatas for Violin Solo; Kaunzner - Sojuchameleon | Haenssler HC16086

Les Furies: Ysaye - Six Sonatas for Violin Solo; Kaunzner - Sojuchameleon


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Label: Haenssler

Cat No: HC16086

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th January 2017



The CD Les Furies showcases the Six sonates pour violon seul, op.27 by Eugčne Ysa˙e (1858-1931). An exuberant product of the Roaring Twenties, they are played on the 1735 ex-David/Midori Guarneri del Gesů violin, a superb instrument that I wish I owned. The sonatas are joined, in a time-travelling leap forward to the hypermodern era, by my own composition, the Sojuchameleon for violin and field recordings. It was recorded in the zen-like atmosphere of a monastery, and complements the CD’s title, which campaigns for the introduction of a noise tax in urban areas. I hope you enjoy listening to it.

I first heard the
Sonata No. 3 ‘Ballade’ from the Six sonates pour violon seul, op.27 in 1999, and was enchanted by its sonorous beauty; to me it sounded like the wind. After years of performing all six sonatas, I decided to record them. However, I came up against a paucity of information about Ysa˙e’s life. Only one book has been written about this ‘giant’ (as his pupil at one remove Yehudi Menuhin called him), and it is in English only: Ysa˙e, His Life, Work and Influence, co-written by his son Antoine Ysa˙e and Bertram Ratcliffe. I find the lack of information strange, as Ysa˙e, described by Carl Flesch as the ‘violin incubator of Europe’ and ‘the most outstanding and individual violinist I have ever heard in my life’, is at least on a par with that mysterious maverick Paganini, about whom there is no end of literature.

– V.E. Kauzner

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