EUGÉNE YSAŸE (1858-1931): Works for Violin and Orchestra - Divertimento, Op. 21, Neiges d’antan, Op. 23, Rêve d’enfant, Op. 14, Berceuse, Op. 20, Poèmes No. 2 “Au rouet”, Op. 13, No. 3 “Chant d’hiver”, Op. 15 and No. 4 “Extase”, Op. 21.

Catalogue Number: 07S004

Label: Musique en Wallonie

Reference: MEW 1681

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Except for the Rêve and Berceuse (five and six minutes long) these pieces, whether titled Poème or not, are short tone pictures of 10-14 minutes length which Ysaÿe wrote over a period of a few decades but which were barely ever performed and certainly not by himself. Their purpose is thus speculative but their style remains late Romantic; they date from the turn of the century to during the first world war, a time when the prevailing musical atmosphere was of pessimism, ennui and angst yet Ysaÿe seems to consciously reject that even though a somber mood briefly creeps into a couple of them. All six Poèmes were issued by Koch Schwann back in 1992 (long out of print) and some of these pieces are only otherwise available in their violin-and-piano versions. Amaury Coeytaux, Svetlin Roussev (violin), Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; Jean-Jacques Kantorow.

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