Ysaÿe and the Violin Universe

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This morning, Julliard School professor, author, and musicologist Ray Iwazumi gave the latest Café Conversation talk on the composition and performances of the renowned Belgian composer and violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. Ysaÿe became known as a figurehead of the Franco-Belgian school of violin playing, and his Sonata in G Major for Solo Violin, op. 27, no. 5, also featured on the evening’s Carte Blanche Concert. At 7:30 p.m. in Stent Family Hall, violinist Yura Lee then treated the Music@Menlo audience to a performance of breathtaking works for solo violin, including J. S. Bach’s Chaconne from Partita no. 2 in d minor for Solo Violin.

Before that, on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m., our brilliant young International Program artists were once again in action in Martin Family Hall, giving the latest Prelude Performance of the festival. Mozart’s String Quartet in G Major, K. 387, Spring, provided a lively opener to the performance which concluded with Fauré’s Piano Quartet no. 2 in g minor.