S0648. EUGENE YSAźE: The Complete Violin Recordings, incl. Brahms, Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Chabrier, Fauré‚ Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, Kreisler, Wagner & Ysa˙e; The Ysa˙e Conductor Recordings, 1919, incl. Chabrier, Delibes, Maillart & Massenet. (Austria) Sony MHK 62337, recorded 1912-14. Transfers by Seth B. Winner. Cardstock Jacket features facsimile original Columbia 78rpm label, w.40pp. Brochure, archival photos & Discography. Disc has facsimile original Columbia 78rpm label. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 0074646233726
"The 78rpm sides that Ysa˙e made in eight sessions for Columbia in 1912 and 1914, all of which are on this CD...are of extreme consequence in the discography of the violin. Recordings by any artist with roots so deep in the prior century are bound to be of some interest; Ysa˙e was a pupil of both Wieniawski and Vieuxtemps....I have never, from any source, heard Ysa˙e as clearly and in as much detail as I can in this release. Some sides sound like fresh pressings from original metal parts. The Brahms has a clarity to the violin tone, even a solidity to the piano, that approaches the quality of very early electrics, and it will surprise those who know prior reissues....The four sides with orchestra, all recorded in 1919, preserve a crisp vitality that will intrigue those with an interest in the 'authentic' performance style for late-nineteenth-century French music....listening to this release is like stepping back in time, and Sony has removed as many of the sonic barriers to full appreciation as is likely to ever be possible."
- David K. Nelson, FANFARE, Jan./Feb., 1997
“I am tempted to call this disc essential if you are interested in the history of violin playing. Ysa˙e plays with a rich, expressive tone and oodles of virtuosity. His playing of the finale of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto is simply staggering in its accomplishment. Elsewhere, he creates dreamy moods that are unmatched in my experience by any other violinist. The ‘Prize Song’ from DIE MEISTERSINGER is a work I never have heard on violin before. It is truly glorious as presented here. Some of Ysa˙e's tempi are very broad. This is the slowest version of Dvorak's ‘Humoresque’ that I have ever heard. Not to be slighted are the four orchestral selections recorded in 1919 with Ysa˙e conducting the Cincinnati Symphony. These all are morsels from the French repertoire that receive beautiful and vigorous playing from the orchestra. It is worth noting that one of Ysa˙e's predecessors in Cincinnati was Leopold Stokowski and that Ysa˙e's successor was Fritz Reiner. Don't be deterred by the antiquity of these recordings. They are a refreshing musical experience.”
- Ned Ludd