Eugène Ysaÿe

Sonata for violin solo No. 3 in D minor ("Ballade"), Op. 27/3

    Description by Michael Jameson

    This installment in Eugène Ysaÿe's cycle of Solo Sonatas (6) for violin was conceived with the playing style of its dedicatee, Romanian violinist, teacher, and composer George Enescu (1881-1955), in mind. Unlike a number of its siblings, this Sonata in D minor (the shortest of the group) is cast in single-movement form and takes as its structural models the Ballades for piano by Chopin, with their characteristic narrative feel and freely evolving idiom. It has been suggested, but never conclusively proved, that in this sonata, Ysaÿe was recalling the times he has appeared with his friend Enescu, whose flamboyant playing style is echoed by the gypsy-like traits that abound in the sonata. However, it opens with a sombre, dark-hued, slowly unfolding recitative that provides a thematic backdrop for a succession of complex and often unexpectedly polyphonic explorations and digressions, all of which link back to this opening idea. That the recitative motif forms what Horst Scholz has described as "A grand melodic arch" also testifies to the profound regard both violinists had for the music of J.S. Bach and specifically in this case, the labyrinthine Chaconne from the Partita for solo violin in D minor.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Audite 97758
    2018 Ars Produktion ARS 38241
    2018 Quartz QTZ 2131
    2017 Acqua Records 507
    2017 Solo Musica SM 275
    2017 Fuga Libera FUG 742
    2017 MSR Classics MS 1631
    2017 Decca
    2017 Dynamic CDS 7733
    2017 Solo Musica SM 267
    2016 CAvi-music 8553346
    2016 Champs Hill Records CHRCD 118
    2016 Warner Classics 0825646400836
    2016 Fountainhead Productions
    2016 Delos DE 3479
    2016 MSR Classics MS 1613
    2016 Genuin GEN 16417
    2015 Music & Arts MACD 1282
    2015 Linn CKD 536
    2015 Melodiya MELCD 1002349
    2015 Hyperion CDA 67993
    2014 Supraphon SU 41752
    2014 Genuin GEN 14316
    2014 Naxos 8572995
    2014 Avie / Avie Records AVR 2310
    2014 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT 342
    2013 Blue Griffin Recording BG 289
    2013 Entertainment Group 11605
    2013 Brilliant Classics 94678
    2013 Maguelone MAG 111163
    2013 Andromeda ANDRCD 9116
    2013 Genuin GEN 13539
    2012 Blue Griffin Recording BG 251
    2012 Brilliant Classics 8402
    2012 Warner Classics 682264
    2012 Oehms Classics OC 832
    2011 EMI Classics 6790602
    2011 Enharmonic Records ENCD 03015
    2011 Testament SBT 61471
    2011 Dorian Sono Luminus DSL 92139
    2011 Accord / CD Accord ACD147
    2010 Estonian Record Productions ERP 3109
    2010 Gramola 98885
    2010 Decca
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Fuga Libera 567
    2010 Indesens INDE026
    2010 Euridice 51
    2009 Avie 2155
    2009 Doremi Records 7951
    2008 Monopole 6
    2006 Transart Live 136
    2006 Doremi Records 7874-9
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 DOREMI DHR7819
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 64123
    2005 Quartz 2002
    2005 Warner Classics
    2004 Oehms 236
    2003 RCA 63960
    2003 Rca Red Seal 09026639602
    2003 Forlane 16829
    2003 Biddulph Recordings 001
    2002 Dynamic 393
    2002 Budapest Music Center BMCCD047
    2002 Disques XXI / XXI 1422
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 57384
    2001 Nimbus 1735
    2000 EtCetera Records 1038
    2000 BIS 1051
    2000 Music & Arts 4854
    1996 Philips 446700
    1995 EMI Music Distribution 55255
    1994 Vanguard Classics 4080
    1992 Nimbus 5039
    1992 Chandos 8599
    Lilamusik 279927
    Vox 5115
    EMI Music Distribution
    Avie 2180
    ECM 4761941
    Brilliant Classics 8402/5
    SY Arts
    Fonit-Cetra Italia 72
    Musical Heritage Society 515837
    One-Eleven 91050
    One-Eleven 93050
    MCA 10610
    Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 921
    Accord 200922
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