GUSTAVE SAMAZEUILH (1877-1967): Sonata in B Minor, JOSEPH GUY ROPARTZ (1864-1955): Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, SYLVIO LAZZARI (1857-1944): Sonata in E, Op. 24, ALBÉRIC MAGNARD (1865-1914): Sonata in G, Op. 13, LOUIS VIERNE (1870-1937): Sonata in G Minor, Op. 23, GUILLAUME LEKEU (1870-1894): Sonata in G, JOSEPH JONGEN (1873-1953): Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 27, CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890): Sonata in A.
Catalogue Number: 04L079
Label: Musique en Wallonie
Reference: MEW 0528-0531
Description: This budget-priced box, never formally released in the U.S., contains all the sonatas dedicated to Ysaÿe which, in the last decades of the 19th and first of the 20th centuries, was an aesthetic statement - a pledge of allegiance to the school of César Franck. Lekeu's sonata comes from 1894 while all the rest date from between 1901 and 1907 and all are pretty monumental in concept and length (Magnard's is 46 minutes and Samazeuilh's 42... Ropartz, at 28, is the shortest here) and all use Franck's cyclical form and characteristic chromaticisms and audacious harmonies to varying extent. Needless to say, the rarest is Samazeuilh's big, four-movement work from 1902-03 but only Lekeu's has more than one recording currently available. 4 CDs. Andrew Hardy (violin), Uriel Tsachor (piano).