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HENRY VIEUXTEMPS  

(1820 - 1881)

Henry Vieuxtemps attracted early attention as a prodigy, making his first public appearance as a violinist at the age of six. He later studied with Charles de Bériot and moved with him from Brussels to Paris in 1829. Two years later he embarked on the first of his concert tours, impressing musicians such as Schumann and Paganini. He took composition lessons with Sechter in Vienna and later with Reicha in Paris, and he wrote violin music for his own use on extended concert tours that took him to the major cities of Europe and, with the pianist Thalberg, to the United States of America. In 1871 he was appointed professor at the Brussels Conservatoire, where his pupils included Eugène Ysaÿe. He died in Algeria in 1881 after eight years of intermittent ill health that had impeded his teaching and put an end to his playing.

Orchestral Music

Vieuxtemps occupies an important position in the history of the violin concerto, largely fulfilling his aim of infusing the concerto as Viotti had left it with music that made use of the newly developed technical possibilities of the violin. This achievement is demonstrated in his seven violin concertos. He also wrote smaller works for solo violin and orchestra, two cello concertos and Duo brillant for violin, cello, piano and orchestra.

Chamber Music

Vieuxtemps wrote a number of pieces for violin and piano. These include operatic fantasias and variations on other well-known melodies in a series of twelve duos concertantes. These and other similar compositions provided topical material for concert tours, including Souvenir d’Amérique, based on ‘Yankee Doodle’, and Souvenir de Russie, as well as Old England, Caprice on 16th- and 17th-Century English Airs. He also left three string quartets and a viola sonata.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Violin Concertos Naxos 8.501058

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Cello Recital: Bailey, Zuill - FRANCOEUR, F. / BACH, J.S. / BEETHOVEN, L. / MENDELSSOHN, F. / CHOPIN, F. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. Delos
DE3326
Vocal
CLASSICAL WELLNESS - Musical Tonics for Mind, Body and Spirit (3-CD Box Set) Delos
DE3464
Orchestral
GREAT VIOLIN CONCERTOS (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501058
Concertos
LAUGH WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC Delos
DE1627
Orchestral
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concerto in E Minor / BRUCH, M.: Violin Concerto / VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Violin Concerto No. 5 (Nishizaki, Keylin) Naxos
8.572948
Concertos
Orchestral Music - GRIEG, E. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / SINISALO, H.-R. / KOMITAS, V. (Showpieces and Encores) (Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Orberlian) Delos
DE3284
Instrumental
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110961
Chamber Music
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110962
Chamber Music
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110993
Chamber Music
SERVAIS, A.F. / GHYS, J. / LEONARD, H. / VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Grand Duos (Eichhorn, Hulshoff) Naxos
8.572188
Chamber Music
SITKOVETSKY, Yulian: Art of Yulian Sitkovetsky (The), Vol. 2 Artek
AR-0027-2
Instrumental
VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Fantasia appassionata / Ballade and Polonaise / Fantaisie-Caprice / Greeting to America (Keylin, Slovak Radio Symphony, Mogrelia) Naxos
8.570974
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 Naxos
8.554506
Concertos
VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 Naxos
8.554114
Concertos
VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Violin Concertos Nos. 5, 6 and 7 Naxos
8.557016
Concertos
VIEUXTEMPS: Viola and Piano Music Naxos
8.555262
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
VIEUXTEMPS: Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 (Heifetz) (1935-1947) Naxos Historical
8.110943
Concertos
Viola Recital: Chase, Roger - BENJAMIN, A. / ENESCU, G. / KODALY, Z. / JONGEN, J. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. (The Virtuoso Viola) Naxos
8.572293
Chamber Music, Instrumental
Violin Recital: Eichhorn, Friedemann - GERSHWIN, G. / KROLL, W. / FOSTER, S. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / KORNGOLD, E.W. (Souvenir d'Amerique) Oehms Classics
OC861
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Korsakova, Natasha - FROLOV, I. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / DRDLA, F. / BAZZINI, A. / GERSWHIN, G. (Opera Fantasies) Solo Musica
SM101
Chamber Music
VIRTUOSO CELLO ENCORES Naxos
8.557943
Chamber Music
Virtuoso Cello Encores (Kliegel) Marco Polo
8.223403
Chamber Music




 
 
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