Ysaye Unfinished Sonata
this is a link to a short video about Ysaye’s unfinished, recently discovered sonata.
The playing of Ysaye at the beginning is, favor me, one of the most uniquely moving sounds I have experienced from a violin. I don’t think we hear this kind of sound anymore. I could be wrong....
I miss those sounds. Playing with character and taste. True violin playing.Thank you for early recordings.
Buri thanks for the link, fascinating, and, me being Belgian, nice for me personally to see this coming out of the Brussels conservatory!
Thank you so much for the link! I was a little sceptical going into it because I expected it to be too fragmented and early in its development to be more than a historic gimmick, but this has been a wonderful watching experience. The information, Graffin's playing, and the sonata itself were all very insightful and beautiful. I really hope that he (or others) record what is left of it without the commentary and fragmentation of the edit once so that one could listen to it all without distractions.
And publish the text!
Pavarotti once said that he could force himself to sound like Caruso if he really wanted to. My guess is that if one of any number of today's supremely gifted soloists wanted to sound like Ysaye's recordings, they could figure out the subtle technical aspects and command their hands to make it happen. Fingers would wag in their direction for "nostalgic" or "saccharine" violin playing though. (Not sure what kind of DAW plug-in gives you that scratchy Victrola finish either.) I enjoy that "sweet" sound very much, but my teacher cautions and counsels me to avoid it.
There is an interesting masterclass on YouTube with James Buswell working on a sonata with a student. Buswell was a Galamian student, but also knew and was able to learn some things from Gingold, who was an Ysaye student.