Alexandru Tomescu has been one of the pioneers of Romanian musical events organised without state funding. He has repeatedly tested his endurance and capacity to reach the audience, with difficult projects such as the integral of Paganini’s Caprices (played uninterruptedly) and the Six Sonatas for solo violin by Eugène Ysaÿe.
He combined his art with the talent of others, to promote for the first time in Romania syncretic projects that combine classical music with film or non-verbal theatre.
Alexandru continues to tame the powerful Stradivarius Elder-Voicu violin, building bridges towards his audience, be that one of 30, 300 or 3000 people. He speaks passionately about his music, about the projections of his mind and soul upon the chosen works; he always melts the boundaries between stage and audience.
Alexandru Tomescu materialises his “obsessions” into a new recording, exploring the Six Sonatas for solo violin of Eugène Ysaÿe in his personal manner. These works embody Ysaÿe’s vision on the art of the violin. For him, „the violinist must be a thinker, a poet, a human being, he must have known hope, love, passion and despair, he must have run the gamut of the emotions in order to express them all in his playing”.
The recordings were made by the sound engineer Jakob Händel in conditions as close as possible to the ones in the concert hall. It has been the wish of the creators not to destroy, by excessive editing, the atmosphere and the tension created by the uninterrupted playing of the Six Sonatas op. 27.
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1931) was one the most brilliant violinists of the past century, an extraordinary mixture of virtuosity and emotion, but also an unconventional music creator, a highly appreciated conductor and pedagogue, whose personality influenced his generation in a decisive manner.
The Six Sonatas op. 27 are amongst the most difficult and important works in the repertory for solo violin. They are modern, subtle and highly technically and expressively demanding compositions, representing a homage to the Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach, but also to Paganini’s Caprices.
These names are not by chance joined together, as they represent the great triad of the repertory for solo violin: Bach - Paganini - Ysaÿe.
The cycle of the Six Sonatas was born after a recital held by the famous violinist Jozsef Szigeti, which included Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas.
Is seems that Szigeti’s playing and Bach’s music left such a strong impression on Ysaÿe, that he outlined all his six sonatas during the following night, dedicating each of them to a musician he admired. The composition ingeniously follows the line of a neo-baroque style, sometimes keeping the tonalities of Bach’s Partitas and Sonatas, but adding the dynamics and expressivity of the 20th century music. Nevertheless, the echoes of the musical universes that are dear to the composer remain present: Bach’s style, subtle insertions from Paganini’s Caprices or the Dies Irae motif. Ysaÿe manages, however, to add to each sonata a part of the personality of the musicians whom the compositions are dedicated to: Jozsef Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud, George Enescu, Fritz Kreisler, Mathieu Crickboom and Manuel Quiroga.