Julia Fischer’s latest release, called Poème, is a particularly well-judged program of music familiar and unfamiliar. She opens the disc with an almost-forgotten but delightful score by Respighi, the Poema Autunnale, which inhabits the same impassioned, arcadian world as Chausson’s Poème and Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending, both of which constitute the second half of the CD. Emotional contrast is provided by Suk’s dramatic Fantasy—coincidentally a version of this work was also issued on Naxos in February (8572323)—which is a rather larger and more extended work than the other three, and an excellent example of why we should re-evaluate this neglected but rich composer’s work. Fischer plays with her accustomed flair and insight, and a beautifully nostalgic tone in the more pastoral pieces. This is a truly lovely recording which will, I think, remain a personal favourite.
Poeme Chausson Respighi Suk Vaughan Williams