New Realease Muso: Solo (Volume 1)
First Prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2012, the Russian violinist Andrey Baranov embarks on the first part of an exploration of the solo violin repertory by tackling some of the greatest and most beautiful works of three composers who, in the course of three successive centuries, became masters of violin writing: Bach, Paganini and Ysaÿe.
The Golden Violin, Andrey Baranov’s first solo disc, received an excellent welcome and was hailed by the press for »his flamboyant virtuosity, his imagination, his sense of drama, limitless instrumental mastery, a sensitivity that can reach the state of grace».
The Russian violinist today launches the first part of an exploration of the solo violin repertory, tackling some of the greatest and most beautiful pieces of three composers who, in the course of three successive centuries, became masters of violin writing: Bach, Paganini and Ysaÿe.
Composed in 1720, the Sonatas and Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach are fundamental works that push back the boundaries of the instrument; Bach opened up the violin to hitherto unsuspected possibilities and composed a summit of the repertory that is revolutionary in its dramatic impact. These six works seem indeed to show the composer’s suffering and solitude, yet they also convey hope and the vital force.
It was after having heard the Sonatas and Partitas of Bach that Eugène Ysaÿe embarked on the composition of his own Sonatas for solo violin during the summer of 1923. They portray the evolution of violin techniques and certain important characteristics of early twentieth-century music, giving new credentials of nobility to solo violin music. The required virtuosity is always at the service of a highly poetic musical language; the third Sonata, with its fantastical and rhapsodic lyricism, seems to acquire orchestral force from the variety of its colours and the richness of its polyphony.
Between the two, Niccolò Paganini undoubtedly pushed the virtuosity of his instrument to extreme limits. His 24 Caprices for solo violin, published in 1820, are gems of virtuosity and character and form so many brilliant concertos as much as transcendental studies. As with Bach and Ysaÿe, they also manifest magnificent poetry and an extraordinarily adventurous imagination, as much melodically as harmonically. Andrey Baranov has chosen to record seven of these Caprices, concluding his programme with the staggering No. 24, the
cumulation of all the techniques used in the previous caprices.
The First Prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2012 thus ended in the finest manner a programme covering three centuries of violinistic modernity.
Total time: 60’42
Digipak / Booklet 16 pages
Liner notes by Gabrielle Oliveira Guyon in English, French and German
Recorded at Flagey, Studio 4 in Brussels (Belgium) from 24 to 27 July 2019
Producer, sound engineer and editing: Frédéric Briant
Contact: Olivier Vannieu – Tel. +32 497 39 33 39 – E-mail. email@example.com