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After years of fruitful cooperation with Evgeni Kissin, Nikolaï Luganski and Boris Berezovski, Alexander Kniazev has found in Plamena Mangova a worthy partner for this tribute to the Franco-Belgian school, and in particular to the outstanding violinist Eugène Ysaÿe.
Ysaÿe, to whom the César Franck Sonata was dedicated and who created it, enjoyed playing the cello –and did so very competently – when he played music at home with friends. The warm and powerful sound of Ysaÿe gave the Franck Sonata the feel of a cathedral and very soon the Sonata was published in a version for cello authorized by the composer and carried out by Jules Delsart. In his turn, Kniazev proposes his vision of a few other pages by Franck and Ysaÿe, amongst which the magnificent Poème élégiaque, source of Chausson’s Poème, is a première on disc in a beautifully suited new form.