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Sonata for solo violin No 3 in D minor 'Ballade', Op 27 No 3
composer
Ó Georges Enesco

Recordings
'Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin & other works' (CDH55226)
Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin & other works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55226  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 9 on CDH55226 [6'36] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Sonata for solo violin No 3 in D minor 'Ballade', Op 27 No 3
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The third sonata (titled ‘Ballade’, a reference to Chopin) is inspired by the character—free and profoundly Romanian—of its dedicatee, George Enescu. Ysaÿe had a special admiration for Enescu both as a composer and violinist. Josef Gingold, while studying with Ysaÿe in Brussels, premiered the work during a dinner in honour of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. The young violinist, while warming up in a side room, realized that the beginning of the sonata had slipped his mind, discovering with a fright that he had left the manuscript at home. He resigned himself to disturbing Ysaÿe (whose foot had been amputated due to gout and could only leave the table with difficulty). He explained the situation to his master but to his great surprise, Ysaÿe did not remember it either! Ysaÿe advised him to start from the main theme and went back to his table in a very bad mood. A little later, while going on stage, Gingold recovered his memory and could not help laughing throughout his performance. The work became a great success and is now an essential part of the repertoire for solo violin. One can also notice the influence of Debussy’s La mer in the development section.

from notes by Philippe Graffin ę 1997

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55226 track 9
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-94009
Duration
6'36
Recording date
1 January 1997
Recording venue
Renswoude, Netherlands
Recording producer
Tom Peeters
Recording engineer
Tom Peeters
Hyperion usage
  1. Ysa e: Violin Music (CDA66940)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: July 2005
    Superseded by CDH55226
  2. Ysa e: Sonatas for solo violin & other works (CDH55226)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: September 2006
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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