JOSEPH JONGEN (1873-1953): Cello Concerto, Op. 18, Poèmes for Cello and Orchestra No. 1, Op. 16 and No. 2, Op. 46.
Catalogue Number: 06S007
Label: Musique en Wallonie
Reference: MEW 1785
Description: The big (34 minutes) concerto was written in 1900 when the young Jongen's mind was still pointing toward Germany with Brahms and Bruch the main influences with just a touch of Wagner and, in the rondo finale, perhaps even of Tchaikovsky in heroic mode. The first Poème, from the preceding year, is of the same cloth but the second, written in 1917 while in British exile, a longer (13:37) work of melancholic lament with a brighter, march-like center which looks forward to the end of the war before lapsing back into darker emotions. Henri Demarquette (cello), Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; Christian Arming.