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Ysaye: Reves - Violin Concerto In E Minor; Poeme Concertant Philippe Graffin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Marisa Gupta

Ysaye: Reves - Violin Concerto In E Minor; Poeme Concertant Philippe Graffin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Marisa Gupta

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The world-premiere recording of the complete Violin Concerto in E Minor by Belgian virtuoso violinist and composer Eugène Ysaÿe has arrived! Following the recent discovery of a first movement, further manuscripts which complete the work have come to light – one a full orchestration, others for violin and piano – which were found on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Philippe Graffin’s close collaboration with Ysaÿe aficionado Xavier Falques led to a page-by-page analysis and painstaking reconstruction of the musical puzzle pieces, resulting in this recording of the full, three-movement concerto which displays Ysaÿe’s trademark ardour, intensity and originality.

For reasons unknown, Ysaÿe abandoned his Violin Concerto in E minor in 1885, but some years later embarked on another, Poème concertant, which was also recently discovered in manuscript form and is imbued with passion and the love Ysaÿe felt for his pupil Irma Sethe. Their love was mutual but their relationship could not endure, possibly sealing the fate of Poème concertant which lay undiscovered for over a century but is now brought back to life with this world-premiere recording.

Philippe rounds out the recording with three Ysaÿe gems for violin and piano: 2 Mazurkas de Salon, Op.10, works the violinist / composer frequently performed and gained popularity throughout Europe and Russia in his lifetime; and Rêve d’enfant (“A child’s dream”), which he dedicated to his youngest son Antoine.

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 01, 2024


  • UPC: 822252265026


  • Catalog Number: AV2650


  • Label: AVIE Records


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Eugene Ysaye


  • Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Performer: Philippe Graffin, Marisa Gupta