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Jack Liebeck plays Ysaÿe


Awarded 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine,’Liebeck comes into his own’ with this wonderful recording of a pinacle of the violin repertoire.

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Following his acclaimed release of the Brahms and Schoenberg Violin Concertos, Jack Liebeck returns to Orchid Classics with Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, as well as the lyrical Poème élégiaque for violin and piano, for which Liebeck is joined by Daniel Grimwood.
Ysaÿe was hailed as the greatest violinist of his day until illness cut short his career as a soloist, prompting him to channel his energies into writing these sonatas dedicated to six of his most outstanding contemporaries, including George Enescu and Fritz Kreisler.
Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas were inspired by hearing Joseph Szigeti play J.S. Bach’s Sonata for solo violin in G minor, BWV 1001, and Bach’s influence is palpable throughout, alongside folk idioms that reflect the nationality of each dedicatee, and more characteristic 20th-century elements such as dissonance and quarter tones. This mixture is bound together by the dazzling virtuosity one would expect from a master of the instrument. Liebeck navigates these nuances with the combination of delicacy and bravura demanded by these stunning pieces.

Track List

Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)

Sonata No.1 in G minor
Dedicated to Joseph Szigeti
1.  Grave: Lento assai
2.  Fugato: Molto moderato
3.  Allegretto poco scherzoso: Amabile
4.  Finale con brio: Allegro fermo

Sonata No.2 in A minor
Dedicated to Jacques Thibaud
5.  Obsession. Prélude: Poco vivace
6.  Malinconia. Poco lento
7.  Danse des ombres. Sarabande: Lento
8.  Les furies. Allegro furioso

Sonata No.3 in D minor, “Ballade”
Dedicated to George Enescu
9.  Lento molto sostenuto –
Allegro in tempo giusto e con bravura

10 Poème elégiaque in D minor for violin and piano*, Op.12 14.38
Dedicated to Gabriel Fauré

Sonata No.4 in E minor
Dedicated to Fritz Kreisler
11.  Allemanda: Lento maestoso
12.  Sarabande: Quasi lento
13.  Finale: Presto ma non troppo

Sonata No.5 in G major
Dedicated to Matthieu Crickboom
14.  L’Aurore. Lento assai
15.  Danse rustique. Allegro giocoso molto moderato –
Moderato amabile – Tempo I – Poco più mosso

Sonata No.6 in E major
Dedicated to Manuel Quiroga
16.  Allegro giusto non troppo vivo

Jack Liebeck, violin
Daniel Grimwood*, piano


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