Once again, Henle can boast of an important new addition to its Pantheon of great composers: Ernest Chausson. Based on a novella by the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, the Poème for violin and orchestra was originally conceived as a symphonic poem. Gradually, it evolved into a character piece with violin solo, or, to quote the composer, “a piece in very free form with many passages where the violin plays alone.” That Chausson's plan came off to perfection is proved by the work's ever-growing popularity. The solo part of this new Henle volume satisfies the most rigorous criteria of an urtext edition. The piano reduction places a premium on playability and lies better under the fingers than ever before.