EUGÈNE YSAE (1858-1931): Poéme élégiaque for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 12, Méditation for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 16, Sérénade for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 22, Exil for String Orchestra, Op. 25, Amitié for 2 Violins and Orchestra, Op. 26, Harmonies du soir for String Quartet and Orchestra, Op. 31.
Catalogue Number: 07Q003
Label: Musique en Wallonie
Reference: MEW 1472
Description: It was apparently a meeting with Liszt in his early 20s that inspired Ysaÿe to begin the series of Poems for string instruments and orchestra which occupied him off and on from 1892 to 1926 (two of these - opp. 12 and 26 - were recorded by Schwann/Musique en Wallonie back in 1987). Single-movement in form, they alternate sections of different character, from melancholy to turbulent but always lyrical in intent - "grown-up" forms, if you will, of small-scale, sentimental salon music. Tatiana Samouil (violin), Thibault Lavrenov (cello), Émilie Belaud & Olivier Giot (violins - Op. 26), Quatuor Ardente, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; Jean-Jacques Kantorow.