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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55226
Recording details: January 1997
Renswoude, Netherlands
Produced by Tom Peeters
Engineered by Tom Peeters
Release date: March 1997
Total duration: 12 minutes 18 seconds

'Even the most demanding of Ysaye's flights of fancy sound beautiful, with the accurate tuning complemented by fine tone, thrillingly precise fingerwork, plus excellent recording' (Gramophone)

'Graffin's unfailing intonation places this disc at the top of the available versions' (The Strad)

'Obviously and enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Excellent enregistrement, transparent, précis, avec une excellente restitution des timbres. Définition parfaite' (Diapason, France)

Sonata for solo violin No 2 in A minor, Op 27 No 2
à Jacques Thibaud

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Based on the Gregorian ‘Dies irae’, the second sonata is dedicated to Jacques Thibaud, who was a student and protégé of Ysaÿe. The two first movements were inspired by Bach’s third partita in E major and one could link this sonata with the principle of ‘collages’ that the cubist painters started using some fifteen years earlier.

from notes by Philippe Graffin © 1997

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