Treasure trove of a solo recital spans a hundred years of violin music

Sueye Park: Journey through a Century

Sueye Park: Journey through a Century


The Strad Issue: September 2021

Description: Treasure trove of a solo recital spans a hundred years of violin music 

Musicians: Sueye Park (violin)

Works: Kreisler: Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice op.6. Penderecki: Capriccio (2008). Prokofiev: Sonata in D for solo violin op.115. Reger: Prelude and Fugue in D minor for solo violin op.117 no.6. Schnittke: A Paganini (1982 version). Strauss: Daphne-Etüde. Weinberg: Sonata no.2 for solo violin op.95. Ysaÿe: Sonata in E for solo violin op.27 no.6. Yun: Königliches Thema

Catalogue number: BIS BIS-2492 (hybrid SACD)

Sueye Park was 19 when she recorded this ‘Palgrave’s Golden Treasury’ of 20th-century music for solo violin (the Penderecki brings it into this century). Her 1785 Ferdinando Gagliano violin is beautifully recorded; she uses an 1850 bow by Nicolas Maline of Mirecourt.

What is striking is how each piece catches her imagination. The Reger, written for Adolf Busch and reflecting on the Brahms Concerto, has terrific presence. Her dynamics in the Kreisler range from a whisper to full strength, with galloping impetus in the Scherzo-Caprice. She really attacks the Ysaÿe, with its Spanish tinges for Manuel Quiroga; Strauss’s morsel is a lovely gift. The Prokofiev has crunchy chording in (i), eloquence in (ii) and clarity in (iii). The seven brief sections of the Weinberg move from inwardness to intensity, via character, whimsy and declamation. The Yun, based on Bach’s Musical Offering theme, has life in every variation. The Schnittke positively tingles, and Penderecki’s Capriccio tops off a remarkable recital.

One might name this or that artist more in touch with this or that piece; but with her third CD, this young South Korean confirms that she is not just promising but fully formed.