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Track(s) taken from CDH55353

Caprice brillant

composer
1859; written for Pablo de Sarasate; subsequently re-used as the third movement of Violin Concerto No 3, and then again as a separate Allegro de concert for violin and piano

Philippe Graffin (violin), Pascal Devoyon (piano)
Recording details: March 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Chris Hazell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: October 2002
Total duration: 12 minutes 50 seconds

Cover artwork: Still Life with Violin by Henri Ottmann (1877-1927)
Fine Art Photographic Library / Waterhouse & Dodd
 
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Caprice brillant  [12'50]

Reviews

'Graffin's tone throughout is sweet and seductive, his phrasing a thing of pure joy … a wonderful disc. Buy it' (Gramophone)

'Fascinating … Graffin and Devoyon offer fine, committed performances … Graffin produces a beguiling tone' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The music collected here is very enjoyable … this is the second disc of music by Saint-Saëns that I have heard from Philippe Graffin, and it is just as enjoyable and interesting as the earlier one … excellent booklet notes' (American Record Guide)

'Beautifully played by virtuoso musicians, this is a thoughtful and insightful recording, enhanced by the lovely Fantaisie for violin and harp' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Graffin's performances are especially remarkable for their breathtaking virtuosity, profound lyricism and expressive freedom … the players’ accounts of Saint-Saëns’ two Chopin transcriptions are faithful to the composer’s tradition, their long-breathed melodies, range of sonorous tone colour, unerring sense of nuance and seeming inevitability of rubato demonstrating all the requisite imagination … outstanding … technical prowess and poetic subtlety' (The Strad)

'Strongly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)
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