Ysaye - String Trios | Simax PSC1295

Ysaye - String Trios

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Label: Simax

Cat No: PSC1295

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 5th April 2010

Contents

Artists

Tor Johan Boen (violin)
Anders Nilsson (violin)
Are Sandbakken (viola)
Juliet Jopling (viola)
Johannes Martens (cello)

Works

Ysaye, Eugene

Trio for two violins and viola
Trio no.1 de Concert (in one part) for violin, viola and cello
Trio no.2 for violin, viola and cello

Artists

Tor Johan Boen (violin)
Anders Nilsson (violin)
Are Sandbakken (viola)
Juliet Jopling (viola)
Johannes Martens (cello)

About

As a composer and performer, Eugne Ysaes role in the development of modern violin technique is unquestioned. This new CD includes three string trios by Ysae, two of which are receiving their world premiere recordings. These two have been reconstructed from manuscripts by one of the featured performers, the Norwegian violinist and musicologist Tor Johan Ben. The Trio for two violins and viola is presented here in a new edition by Ben.

The two newly discovered and reconstructed trios presented here display how Ysae, with his unique style of playing, explored and developed musical language, forms, counterpoint, polyphonic part writing, and the technical demands of the violin.

The works on this CD were written in the years 1914-27, but only one of them was performed during Ysaes own lifetime, the Trio for two violins and viola. The Trio No.1 for violin, viola and cello was premiered in 1969, whilst the previously unpublished Second Trio had to wait until the new millennium for its first performance.

Tor Johan Ben started his search for the fragments of these string trios as his Doctorate project at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Through this study he has discovered how, at the end of his life, Ysae made fundamental revisions and improvements of his works, even after the parts had been written out.

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