Thomas Bowes – Ysaÿe: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 (2020)
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Acclaimed English violinist Thomas Bowes seems to have a penchant for thoroughness and completion. Known and praised for his complete recording of all J. S. Bach’s sonatas and partitas, the European virtuoso has now taken it upon himself to embark on another quest for totality. This time, it is the six sonatas by Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), presented on Bowes’ new album, EUGÈNE YSAŸE: SIX SONATAS FOR SOLO VIOLIN. As one would expect from Bowes, they are played to passionate perfection.

Ysaÿe, hailed in his time as no less than the “King of the Violin”, is a formidable figure to take on for any modern musician. He was famed not only for precision but more especially for a deeply affecting, quasi-supernatural power of communication. A man of immense generosity and largeness of spirit It is difficult to imagine any violinist adequately reproducing Ysaÿe’s compositions and this special aura. Doubly so if one considers the background of the Six Sonatas for Violin. They were written at a crucial point late in life. Plagued by illness and doubt and finding himself increasingly cut off from playing his beloved instrument as he would wish, this deep frustration found expression in this encapsulation of his art. In short, these works – all sketched out at white heat in a 24-hour period and hair-raisingly complex and difficult for the player – are an embodiment of the man.


1. Thomas Bowes – Violin Sonata in E Major, Op. 27 No. 6 “Manuel Quiroga”
2. Thomas Bowes – I. Grave. Lento assai
3. Thomas Bowes – II. Fugato. Molto moderato
4. Thomas Bowes – III. Allegretto poco scherzoso. Amabile
5. Thomas Bowes – IV. Finale con brio. Allegra fermo
6. Thomas Bowes – I. Allemanda. Lento maestoso
7. Thomas Bowes – II. Sarabande. Quasi lento
8. Thomas Bowes – III. Finale. Presto ma non troppo
9. Thomas Bowes – Violin in G Minor, Op. 27 No. 3 “Ballade”
10. Thomas Bowes – I. Prélude, poco vivace
11. Thomas Bowes – II. Malinconia. Poco lento
12. Thomas Bowes – III. Danse des ombres arabande
13. Thomas Bowes – IV. Les furies. Allegro furioso
14. Thomas Bowes – I. L’Aurore. Lento assai
15. Thomas Bowes – II. Rustique. Allegro giocoso molto moderato