Virtuoso music for  cello solo in Belgium

KTC 1773 . 1CD . 8711801017730 . 03/05/2022 . Etcetera Records

Virtuoso music for cello solo in Belgium

  • Dirk Brossé (1960)
  • Roland Coryn (1938-)
  • André Laporte
  • Lucien Posman (1952-)
  • Rudi Tas (1957-)
  • Piet Swerts (1960)
  • Luc Van Hove
  • Ysaÿe Eugène (1858-1931)

Virtuoso music for solo cello in Belgium.

To the idea for this CD, a compilation of compositions by current members of the arts class of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts, I have added the ‘Sonata for cello solo opus 28’ by Eugène Ysaÿe, as this composition from 1923 was probably one of the most important works in that genre composed in Belgium at that time. On the occasion of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of this institute, I developed this program as a tribute to the composers of the class of arts. The composers themselves provided explanations of their works, which you will find further on in this insert.

I considered the program of this CD an excellent opportunity to juxtapose a lesser known and played work by Eugène Ysaÿe, with those of our contemporary composers. Because of its somewhat dark chromatic character, but also because of its high technical difficulties, it is rarely, if ever, performed in concert programs or competitions. This is in contrast to the solo sonatas for violin opus 27 by this master violinist, who is recognized throughout the musical world as the flagship of the Belgian-Liège violin school. This school represents a style of playing known throughout the world that started with Charles de Bériot (1802-1870) and ended, via Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881), with Eugène Ysaÿe (1851-1931).

I hope, this recording, in addition to publicizing the significant work of our eminent living member-composers, may help to give this sonata and the other works the acknowledgment they deserve.

Herwig Coryn.


Track listing

1 African Loop for cello and tape 06:42
artists: 'Herwig Corijn'
composers: 'Dirk Brossé (1960)'
2 For Violoncello solo 14:15
artists: 'Herwig Corijn'
composers: 'Roland Coryn (1938-)'
3 - C - ISME 05:18
artists: 'Herwig Corijn'
composers: 'André Laporte'
4 Color & Silence 08:03
artists: 'Herwig Corijn'
composers: 'Lucien Posman (1952-)'
5 Solendo 05:47
artists: 'Herwig Corijn'
composers: 'Rudi Tas (1957-)'
6 La Folia 10:11
artists: 'Herwig Corijn'
composers: 'Piet Swerts (1960)'
7 Modo Perpetuo 09:25
artists: 'Herwig Corijn'
composers: 'Luc Van Hove'
8 Sonate en Ut mineur 11:55
artists: 'Herwig Corijn'
composers: 'Ysaÿe Eugène (1858-1931)'