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Poème élégiaque, Op 12

'Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin & other works' (CDH55226)
Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin & other works
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Track 17 on CDH55226 [12'40] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Poème élégiaque, Op 12
With the Poème élégiaque, Op 12, written in 1892–3, Ysaÿe moved away from the pieces he wrote merely for virtuosic purposes in his youth. The only legacy from the virtuoso practice of the past is the scordatura: the G string is here tuned to an F, giving a dark colour, the violin sounding sometimes like a viola. First written for violin and piano, Ysaÿe later orchestrated the piece. The work is dedicated to Gabriel Fauré, from whom he had already commissioned a piano quintet (Op 89, which the composer was to take a further ten years to finish). However, it was upon Ernest Chausson that the Poème élégiaque was to have a great influence, serving as the example for the famous Poème which he would write three years later. Ysaÿe the interpreter participated here fully in the creative process. The similarities between the two works are striking: the general atmosphere, the Wagnerism, the shape, the sublime trills at the end … Ysaÿe helped in writing the violin part, in particular the cadenza of the work which Chausson eventually called ‘mon– ton poème’ (‘my–your poème’).

from notes by Philippe Graffin © 1997

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55226 track 17
Recording date
1 January 1997
Recording venue
Philipszaal, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Recording producer
Arnout Probst
Recording engineer
Arnout Probst
Hyperion usage
  1. Ysaÿe: Violin Music (CDA66940)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: July 2005
    Superseded by CDH55226
  2. Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin & other works (CDH55226)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: September 2006
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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