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Mazurka, Op 10 No 2

circa 1893; orchestrated by Allan Wilson

The great Belgian violinist, composer and conductor Eugène Ysaÿe was in many ways a legitimate heir of Joachim, but the Belgian’s style of playing owed more to the strongly emerging Franco-Belgian school than to the relatively classical style of Joachim and Auer. Ysaÿe had a colourful and artistically admirable life, and he was keen to promote the best works of his contemporaries. He made a sensational debut in New York in the 1890s, and he gave the German premiere of Elgar’s Violin Concerto in Berlin on January 8, 1912 with Artur Nikisch conducting—not Fritz Kreisler, to whom the work is dedicated and who gave the world premiere in London in November 1910 with Elgar conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

Eugène Ysaÿe’s original compositions are not many in number, and by no means all of them are for violin, but in his work-list may be found two Mazurkas, Opus 10, written circa 1893, which were published in Moscow. The second of these, in A minor, may relate more to the styles of Wieniawski and Vieuxtemps, as has been claimed, but in the A minor Mazurka, marked Moderato, we find a flowing, not so simple theme, dolce, which veers hauntingly between A minor and D minor, the triplet in the fifth bar of the violin part adding a subtle and telling variant.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2010


Romantic novelties for violin and orchestra
SIGCD224Download only

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Recording date
23 November 2007
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
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  1. Romantic novelties for violin and orchestra (SIGCD224)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: April 2010
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