Bach: Bach's Long Shadow / Fullana, Chen

Release Date: 5/28/2021
Catalog Number: ORC100165
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 57 Minutes

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Spanish-American violinist Francisco Fullana has taken the Partita No. 3 in E by J.S. Bach and built around it a programme of interlinked yet contrasting works, resulting in an original and intricately constructed album. J.S. Bach’s output has had a far-reaching impact, casting the Long Shadow that gives this album its name. Fullana uses gut strings, a baroque bow and historically informed ornamentation for his performance of Bach’s E minor Partita, creating a pared-down, immediate interpretation. Ysaÿe was inspired to write his Op. 27 Sonatas after hearing Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas. Yet whereas Bach’s music demands restraint from the performer, Ysaÿe’s encourages virtuosity. There is darkness in this Sonata, too, and Fullana performs the work with electrifying energy. Fritz Kreisler’s Recitativo & Scherzo was dedicated to Ysaÿe, and Fullana feels a special kinship with Kreisler: he plays Kreisler’s first Guarneri violin, the 1735 ‘Mary Portman’ Guarneri del Gesù. The recital culminates in Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Two Violins. Ysaÿe wrote the work to perform with Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, who gave her name to a violin competition that was most recently won by violinist Stella Chen, Fullana’s duo partner on this album.

Works on This Recording
1. I. Prelude, "Obsession": Poco vivace by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1923 ;
2. II. Malinconia: Poco Lento by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1923 ;
3. III. Sarabande: Lento, "Danse des ombres" (Dance of the shades) by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1923 ;
4. IV. Les Furies: Allegro furioso by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1923 ;
5. I. Preludio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1720 ;
6. II. Loure by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1720 ;
7. III. Gavotte en rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1720 ;
8. IV. Menuet I and II by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1720 ;
9. V. Bourree by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1720 ;
10. VI. Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1720 ;
11. Suite española No. 1, Op. 47: No. 5. Asturias (Leyenda) (arr. P. Loiseleur and F. Fullana for solo violin) by Isaac Albeniz
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1886 ;
12. Recuerdos de la Alhambra (arr. R. Ricci for violin) by Francisco Tarrega
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
Written: 1896 ;
13. Recitative and Scherzo-Caprice, Op. 6 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin)
14. Sonata for 2 Violins in A Minor: I. Poco lento maestoso - quasi moderato by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer: Francisco Fullana (Violin), Stella Chen (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1915 ; Belgium
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