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Poème - Music for the Romantic Violin

The internationally renowned violinist Miwako Abe and the pianist David McSkimming play works by a group of French composers who were all working in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century, sometimes inspiring each other and occasionally forming rivalries.

There are beautiful works from Massenet, Fauré and Ravel, lyrical-epic works by Ysaÿe and Chausson, the virtuoso Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns, and from Debussy, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, and the late violin sonata. This Romantic music was chosen due to its ability to bring out the true spirit of the violin.


Miwako Abe

Miwako Abe has frequently performed as soloist and in chamber music ensembles, steadily enhancing her reputation across four continents as an exceptionally gifted artist. She has performed in England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Israel, Turkey, Japan, India, and New Zealand.

Press quotes

“a delightful collection.”

— Martin Hibble, ABC Classic FM

“haunting musicianship.”

— Catherine Lambert, Sunday Herald Sun

“a very welcome addition ... something for everyone”

— Cliff Tucker, Radio Fremantle

“The tonal qualities are rich, refined, subtle, meditative with an inward intensity of passion in places and vibrant and brilliant in others”

Music and the Teacher

“An admirably determined artist.”

The Times, London

“She played ... with a beautiful unforced tone and immaculate line.”

The Daily Telegraph, London

Audio preview

Track Listing

    Sonata for Violin and Piano Claude Debussy

  1. Allegro vivo
  2. Intermède
  3. Finale
  4. Thaïs Meditation Jules Massenet
  5. Sonatine Movement de Menuet Maurice Ravel
  6. Poème, Op. 25 Ernest Chausson
  7. La plus que lente Claude Debussy
  8. La fille aux cheveux de lin Claude Debussy
  9. Poème élégiaque, Op. 12 Eugene Ysaye
  10. Morceaux de lecture Gabriel Fauré
  11. Habañera Maurice Ravel
  12. Berceuse, Op. 16 Gabriel Fauré
  13. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 Camille Saint-Saëns



Maurice Ravel

Many consider Ravel as a major composer for the piano as well as a genius of orchestration. But it is always a surprise to discover how few works make up his total output for the instrument. All his compositions for piano can be performed in under two and one half hours.

Claude Debussy

Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions.

Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Urbain Fauré was a French composer, pianist, organist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his era, and his musical style influenced many 20th century composers.

Where to buy

Poème - Music for the Romantic Violin is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
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Poème - Music for the Romantic Violin is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

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Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Release date
© 2000 Move Records
℗ 2000 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3223
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574322323