Violinist Jassen Todorov is well known in Europe and the USA. He began his musical education in Bulgaria and furthered his studies in the USA. He is winner of prestigious international competitions and had success at many festivals in Europe and North America. He has performed also as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras. His repertoire contains works from various epochs and styles. It also includes works of one of the most interesting European musicians of the late 19th century and early 20th century – Eugene Ysaye. A remarkable violinist, conductor, respected teacher, original composer – all these rank Ysaye among the most prominent artists not only in Belgium but also in the musical culture of the world. Many of his contemporaries dedicated their works to him and he performed them with great inspiration in Europe and North America. As a conductor, he worked with some of the most famous names in music, while his disciples of the Brussels Conservatory are prominent European musicians. No less significant is his contribution as a composer – 6 concertos for violin, pieces, variations, cadenzas for concertos, chamber works, two operas ... Impressed by a performance of Joseph Szigeti, Eugene Ysaye wrote six sonatas for solo violin (1923-24). Each sonata was dedicated to a friend and collaborator of his: the first one was dedicated to Szigeti, the second – to Jacques Thibaud, the third - to Georges Enesco, the fourth – to Fritz Kreisler, the fifth – to his student Mathieu Crickboom and the sixth – to the Spanish violinist Manuel Quiroga. Dedicating them to his friends, the composer weaved in the sonatas a characteristic feature of each of them. The great David Oistrakh commented on these sonatas: “... Ysaye stands out as one of the greatest innovators after Paganini, who greatly enriches the technical and expressive possibilities of the instrument ...”
EUGÈNE YSAŸE · SIX SONATAS FOR SOLO VIOLIN, Op. 27
Sonata No. 1 in G minor
Dedicated to Joseph Szigeti
 Grave: Lento assai 4'41''
 Fugato: Molto moderato 4'39''
 Allegretto poco scherzoso: Amabile 4'15''
 Finale con brio: Allegro fermo 2'47''
Sonata No. 2 in A minor
Dedicated to Jacques Thibaud
 Obsession: Prelude. Poco vivace 2'37''
 Malinconia: Poco Lento 2'46''
 Danse des ombres: Sarabande (lento) 4'07''
 Les Furies: Allegro Furioso 3'28''
Sonata No. 3 in D minor
Dedicated to Georges Enesco
 Ballade: Lento molto sostenuto. Allgro in Tempo giusto e con bravura 7'12''
Sonata No. 4 in E minor
Dedicated to Fritz Kreisler
 Allemanda: Lento maestoso 5'12''
 Sarabande: Quasi lento 3'36''
 Finale: Presto ma non troppo 3'29''
Sonata No. 5 in G major
Dedicated to Mathieu Crickboom
 L'Aurore: Lento assai 4'06''
 Danse rustique: Allegro giocoso molto moderato 5'19''
Sonata No. 6 in E major
Dedicated to Manuel Quiroga
 Allegro giusto non troppo vivo. Allegretto poco scherzando 7'31''
JASSEN TODOROV, violin