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Violinist Sirena Huang plays the first movement of Ysaÿe Sonata #5 “L’Aurore

Ysaÿe’s Obsession Mvt 4

Violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua plays Les Furies, from Ysaye’s Obsession (Sonata #2), featuring the Medieval Dies Irae or “Day of Wrath.” A film by videographer Mike Grittani with Audio…

Ysaÿe’s Obsession Mvt 3

Violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua plays the third movement, Danse des ombres – Sarabande, of Ysaye’s Obsession (Sonata #2). Film by videographer Mike…

Ysaÿe’s Obsession Mvt 2

Violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua plays the second movement, Malinconia, of Ysaye’s Obsession (Sonata #2), featuring the Medieval Dies Irae or “Day of…


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