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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67838
Recording details: April 2010
BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, Wales
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: February 2011
Total duration: 7 minutes 34 seconds

'With repeated listening one discovers more and more in Cliffe's Violin Concerto—which is as encouraging as finding the d'Erlanger preserving its sparkle when revisiting it. Graffin plays superbly, with all the fire and tenderness required, and with glorious tone. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is as attentive and sympathetic as one would expect with David Lloyd-Jones conducting, and the recording is well judged in terms of balance and perspective' (International Record Review)

'Hats off to Hyperion for having unearthed two such worthwhile obscurities from the rich musical pastures of English Victoriana … Philippe Graffin's tonal sweetness, beguiling expressive intensity and mellifluous technique combine to make each phrase ring out with the sunshine freshness of new discovery. His abilty to hone in on and exalt in the music's lyrical nexus points is remarkable, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the expert and unfailingly sensitive guidance of David Lloyd-Jones provides expert backing' (The Strad)

'En violoniste tout terrain, et sachant se placer au service des répertoires les moins attendus, Philippe Graffin donne de ces pages une lecture engagée et d'une parfaite maîtrise. Il bénéficie du soutien sans faille de David Lloyd-Jones à la tête de l'orchestre gallois de la BBC' (Diapason, France)

Poëme in D major
1918; originally for violin and piano; orchestrated by the composer circa 1926; dedicated to Pedro Morales; orchestral version first performed by William Primrose at Bournemouth on 11 February 1928

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As well as the violin sonata, d’Erlanger wrote shorter works for violin including a Tarantelle and the lyrical Poëme for violin and piano (later orchestrated), which was published by Schott in 1918 and dedicated to Pedro Morales. The tuneful, heart-on-sleeve Poëme opens with an atmospheric slow introduction before the soaring soloist sings the main theme against a hushed background. The soloist muses on this romantic confection for some time before a faster passage (Animando) leads to a new idea, introduced by the soloist and quickly taken up by the muted strings. A little ascending woodwind motif articulates the return of the main theme, and the twilight gradually deepens as the soloist sings plaintively, ending with a soft high trill. The Poëme was performed in its orchestral version at Bournemouth on 11 February 1928, the solo part played by William Primrose, who soon after became celebrated as a viola player. D’Erlanger himself recorded the violin and piano version in 1927, with the violinist Adila Fachiri, sister of the celebrated Jelly d’Arányi.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2011

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