Eugene Ysaye


Next to the 24 Caprices by Niccolò Paganini and the six Sonatas and Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Six Sonatas by Eugène Ysaye rank among the three large cycles for violin solo. I find cycles always very fascinating, as they reveal more to me about a composer than a single work could do. This is especially evident in Ysaye’s Sonatas, as every sonata is based on a story or a friendship. He dedicated each single sonata to a fellow violinist or student, processing joint experiences. I have not only recorded the six sonatas, but also different works connected with them:

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