Ysaÿe’s Sonatas for solo violin were sketched out in a fevered twenty-four hours during the summer of 1923, a response to the question of why—in over two hundred years—no one had attempted to follow the path forged by Johann Sebastian Bach. Each of these six new Sonatas is dedicated to and customized around the playing style of a contemporary violinist, and as such they present formidable challenges. Russian virtuoso Alina Ibragimova, whose earlier recording of the Bach Sonatas was revelatory, turns out performances fully worthy of this distinguished ancestry.
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NORMAN LEBRECHT ALBUM OF THE WEEK (18 MAY 2015) GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE RECORDING (JULY 2015) THE STRAD'S RECOMMENDED RECORDING (AUGUST 2015) CHOC DE CLASSICA
The Guardian ‘This solo Ysaÿe disc must count as one of her most memorable achievements. [Alina Ibragimova] gives full value to the sonatas’ varied expressive character, their virtuosity, and the imaginative and p ... BBC Music Magazine