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Solo Violin Sonatas

E. Ysaye Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen13. Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 27, No. 5: I. L'aurore: Lento assai 4:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 27, No. 5: II. Danse rustique: Allegro giocoso molto moderato 5:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000ZKRTY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, glorious, glorious! March 4, 2007
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I usually review books, because I think there are others who can better review classical music, but on re-listening to this divine recording tonight I simply had to comment on the pleasure it has given me over the past several years. I first fell in love with this music as a young man when my first wife used to practice the "Ballade". She never performed it, but I've heard others do so, as well as bits and pieces of Ysaye's other Solo Violin Sonatas. But this is devilishly difficult music, both technically and musically, so I don't think I ever really heard it played as it should be until I got this recording.

What a revelation! Ysaye's Sonatas are some of the most beautiful and moving music written, although I must admit that I think they are perhaps an acquired taste for many. But those who have ears to hear should certainly give this CD a listen. If you do not like this recording by Ilya Kaler, then you simply don't like these pieces, because I think it is safe to say that no one could play them better.

Kaler's technique and intonation are impeccable throughout, and delivered with an assurance that speaks of profound reserves still left untapped. Then there is the glorious tone he pulls from whatever violin this happens to be - the liner doesn't say - resounding just perfectly in the marvelous acoustics of the St. John Chrysostom Church, in Newmarket, Ontario, where it was flawlessly recorded by Naxos with what sounds like state-of-the-art equipment, and with love. The overall sound quality is second to none, just glorious.

Topping off all these great technical feats, finally, is the life Mr. Kaler breathes into this music with his interpretation.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 8 dollars you could ever spend May 25, 2004
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With no competition, this is the greatest interpretation and recording of the Ysaye sonatats. Kaler, as usual, displays his technical perfection - giving the utmost attention to the very fine details of violin playing. His passionate execution seeps through your speakers and is trancelike...simply stunning
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect July 26, 2011
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The six solo sonatas of Ysaye represent a violinistic Grand Canyon, encompassing literally every aspect of violin technique and musicality. Few violinists in the world play them (or have played them) exceptionally well on both of the aforementioned levels. Ilya Kaler is one who does. No stone is left unturned in the performances of each sonata, all emerges with arresting importance, a refreshing change from most other performances wherein the violinist hits all the notes and not much more. Technical side note, Kaler is an expert in double-stopping and chording, in the same way that Milstein and a scant few others were. Ysaye's sonatas are full of both, and in order to not sound like a mess, the violinist has to execute them flawlessly...I will go out on a limb to say that Kaler probably plays them better than Ysaye did. To touch on a few favorite moments - Kaler captures the sarcastic humor in the final movement of Sonata #2, subtitled 'Les Furies'. He embraces all the passion of Sonata #3 (the most popular of the six, subtitled 'Ballade'), and the quieter moments of Sonata #4, with left-hand pizzicato. Kaler's discing is my personal favorite of the Ysaye sonatas and I recommend it highly.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just go and get it! September 28, 2007
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I agree that this is the best 8 dollars can buy, but even if it was $17.99 or more, I'd urge you to get one copy. The downside is the recording technology of Naxos (which is not so bad), but you will easily forget about that with Kaler's performance of these sonatas. As a violinist and a musician, that's all I want to say.
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