- Six Sonatas for solo violin Op. 27
Performed by Alina Ibragimova (violin)
I have been following violinist Alina Ibragimova for several years now, and I have been consistently impressed with her capabilities as a violinist. This recording is the latest of her growing list of fine CD’s.
Ysaÿe’s Sonatas for solo violin were composed 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’s solo sonatas.
Each of these six new Sonatas is dedicated to and customized around the playing style of a contemporary violinist, and as such they present many formidable challenges.
Russian virtuoso Alina Ibragimova, whose earlier recording of the Bach Sonatas was outstanding, turns out performances fully worthy of this distinguished ancestry.
The Guardian wrote on the 28th of May, 2015:
“Together, the sonatas form a freewheeling ride to the limits of violin technique, often recalling Bach but more often not. Alina Ibragimova is a superb advocate; nothing here sounds like a mere showpiece, and her performances brim with lyricism and wit.”
Listen now to some of this music by Ysaÿe:
And here is Ms. Ibragimova, performing the “Chaconne” by J. S. Bach:
Tags: Alina Ibragimova, Eugene Ysaÿe, solo sonatas, violin sonatas, Johann Sebastian Bach