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1918; revised 1937/8; first performed by André Asselin

'Rare French works for violin and orchestra' (CDH55396)
Rare French works for violin and orchestra
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Track 9 on CDH55396 [15'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Joseph Canteloube (de Malaret) is still unjustly associated with only one work, his celebrated Chants d’Auvergne. The genesis for his Poème began in 1918 while Canteloube, a great pianist, was touring in the south of France as the duo partner of the violinist Gaston le Fleuve. The concept owes much to Chausson, but it is one of the works of Canteloube where we can not only appreciate his luxurious orchestration and harmonic language, but also hear his unique melodic creation. He often felt shortcomings in this regard, and found for a large part his inspiration in various folk cultures from around the world, often describing himself as a régional composer. The Poème was reworked in 1937–8, and the violinist André Asselin gave the premiere. I was fascinated to read recently a most diplomatic letter from this violinist to Canteloube, answering the composer’s anxiety about the ‘heaviness’ of the orchestration, and how during the performance he could hear himself better then he had anticipated. This is, however, a problem that is often attributed to Chausson as well, and to take Asselin’s words, this Poème is ‘more beautiful and moving still than I had expected it to be […] and it brings to life an enlightening artistic experience’.

from notes by Philippe Graffin © 2002

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55396 track 9
Recording date
1 June 2001
Recording venue
Ulster Hall, Belfast, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Chris Hazell
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Rare French works for violin and orchestra (CDA67294)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: March 2002
    Deletion date: June 2009
    Superseded by CDH55396
  2. Rare French works for violin and orchestra (CDH55396)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: March 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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