• Eugène Ysaÿe

    Six Sonatas For Solo Violin, Op. 27

    Frederieke Saeijs

    Six Sonatas For Solo Violin, Op. 27 1 sacd CKD 536
    Linn Records

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Frederieke Saeijs' Linn debut sees the Dutch violinist realize a lifelong ambition to put her personal stamp on Ysaye's homage to her chosen instrument and its celebrated virtuosos.

'Saeijs's is a memorable interpretation. She smoothly negotiates the works' fiendish challenges without once compromising her lustrous tone.' Gramophone

'On the evidence of this recording, Frederieke Saeijs deserves much greater recognition and I hope we hear a lot more of her in the future.' MusicWeb International

'As expected, they are very demanding, but all are tossed off easily by the fine violinist. Excellent audio.' Classical CD Review

With inspiration drawn from the great violin masters, Ysaÿe's Op. 27 has in turn inspired many violinists to transcend technical boundaries and claim their own position among the greats. In a career-defining recording Saeijs delivers a wholly immersive performance full of colour and flair.

Overflowing with poetry and imagination Ysaÿe's sonatas balance thrilling pyrotechnics with lyrical expression, emotional challenges with ferocious technique. Utilizing a broad palette of tones and dynamics Saeijs' powerful emotional narrative captures the distinct characterisation of each dedicatee: Joseph Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud, Georges Enesco, Fritz Kreisler, Mathieu Crickboom and Manuel Quiroga.

Saeijs performs on her beloved Guarneri violin, which is named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium ‘Ex Reine Elisabeth', who herself played the violin and was taught by Ysaÿe.