Works for Violin & Piano by Bach, Beethoven, Ysaÿe & Suk

Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann

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Works for Violin & Piano by Bach, Beethoven, Ysaÿe & Suk Review

by James Leonard

This is one sweet disc, no doubt about it. German violinist Sophia Jaffé has put together a fascinating program and executed it with breathtaking panache. At either end of the program are Suk's deeply passionate Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17, and Beethoven's wonderfully serene Sonata in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 96. In between are Bach's brightly lyrical Partita in E major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006, and Ysaÿe's darkly dramatic Sonata in A minor for Solo Violin, Op. 27. Each work places enormous technical demands on the soloist, and in every case, Jaffé leaves them utterly fulfilled and wholly spent, for example, her melancholic account of Suk's Un poco triste, her radiant reading of Bach's Preludio, her fiery take on Ysaÿe's Obsession, and her positively beaming interpretation of Beethoven's opening Allegro moderato. Ably accompanied in the Suk and Beethoven by pianist Björn Lehmann and recorded in very present digital sound by Genuin, this disc should be heard by anyone with an interest in the repertoire or in first-class violinists.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
4 Pieces for Violin and piano, Op. 17
1 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 06:02 Amazon
2 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 04:33 Amazon
3 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 04:42 Amazon
4 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 03:48 Amazon
Partita for violin solo No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
5 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 03:44 Amazon
6 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 03:53 Amazon
7 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 03:08 Amazon
8 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 04:22 Amazon
9 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 01:26 Amazon
10 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 01:50 Amazon
Sonata for violin solo No. 2 in A minor, Op. 27
11 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 02:34 Amazon
12 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 03:03 Amazon
13 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 04:29 Amazon
14 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 03:31 Amazon
Sonata for violin and piano No. 10 in G major, Op. 96
15 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 10:26 Amazon
16 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 06:12 Amazon
17 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 02:05 Amazon
18 Sophia Jaffé / Björn Lehmann 08:47 Amazon
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