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Eugène Ysaÿe
Sonates pour violon solo

Thomas Zehetmair violin
Sonata N°1 in G minor
Sonata N°2 in A minor
Sonata N°3 in D minor "Ballade"
Sonata N°4 in E minor
Sonata N°5 in G major
Sonata N°6 in E major

Recorded September 2002
ECM New Series 1835
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Astonishing music, played with passion, verve and commitment.
Thomas Zehetmair provided a tantalizing taste of his affinity with the music of Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) on Heinz Holliger’s “Violinkonzert” album, where the 3rd of Ysaÿe’s Sonatas functioned as a dazzling preface. Now comes a recording of all six of the Ysaÿe sonatas for violin solo. Written in 1923/24, Ysaÿe’s violin sonatas belong, with Bach’s sonatas and partitas and Paganini’s caprices, to the great masterworks of music for unaccompanied violin.

“Like Ysaÿe a century before, Zehetmair established himself as a musician with a personal vision and an inquiring mind, a player of passion and accuracy… He burns himself into the music and disappears.” – Paul Griffiths