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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67028
Recording details: September 1997
La Galerie des Franciscains, Saint-Nazaire, France
Produced by Arnout Probst
Engineered by Tom Peeters
Release date: April 1998
Total duration: 9 minutes 19 seconds

'The opulent sound of this disc is ideal for Chausson … Philippe Graffin’s sensuous unforced tone sails above the texture … [he] gives a plangent account of the solo part, with something of that sense of freedom that Ysaÿe, the work’s sponsor, would certainly have conveyed … Neidich’s playing is quite remarkable for its breadth of expression in the Andante as well as for the extraordinarily brilliantly articulated Allegro. Hoffman and Devoyon are equally convincing in the beautiful, dreamy Pièce for cello and piano' (Gramophone)

'A particularly beautiful performance of the Poème by Graffin in the world premiere recording of the chamber version' (The Guardian)

'It is truly like hearing it for the first time, at least in this performance, which is far more than just technically superb' (American Record Guide)

'Philippe Graffin’s solo violin and Pascal Devoyon’s piano recreate music which, in Debussy’s words, "becomes the very feeling which inspires its emotion"' (The Times)

'[The Poème] is a delightful work, in free form, given a provocative, tenderly phrased and sympathetic performance by Graffin and the Chilingirian … charming collection, beautifully played' (Classic CD)

'A welcome successor to these artists' magnificent Hyperion [earlier Chausson recording] … the Piano Trio of 1881 receives a commanding performance—quite the finest I've heard' (Hi-Fi News)

'This is one of the most beautiful discs of chamber music I have ever heard. In every respect it is sheer perfection, the young French violinist, Philippe Graffin, playing with a passion you may be fortunate enough to hear once in your life' (Yorkshire Post)

Andante and Allegro
composer
1881

Andante  [4'56]
Allegro  [4'23]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Andante and Allegro, which has no opus number, is much more adventurous than its simple title implies, not least because, as a young student at the Conservatoire coming late to music, he deliberately chose the clarinet, an instrument which rarely featured in the salons and concert halls and towards which the majority of composers in the nineteenth century only turned late in their careers.

Like any seasoned professional Chausson experimented with all of the expressive and technical possibilities of the clarinet, bringing into play the colours of its different registers, its lyricism and virtuosity, its brightness and mellowness of tone. If the Andante and Allegro reflects the influence of his two professors—Franck’s density of texture and Massenet’s refined lyricism—it also reveals an individual style characterized by abundant modulations, numerous seventh-chords on the piano, and a fusion of binary and ternary rhythms. From the opening bars a full-bodied and eloquent dialogue is established between the two instruments, low down on the keyboard, higher on the clarinet which, in the Allegro, seeks to express itself more forcefully, yet very discreetly.

from notes by Jean Gallois © 1998
English: Celia Ballantyne

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