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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: 6 minutes 58 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)

Pièce, Op 39
composer

Pièce Op 39  [6'58]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
For a long time the Opus 39 Pièce has been neglected, perhaps because of the simplicity of its title. It is a delicately worked, slow, contemplative elegy written with a refined sense of poetry, where the form is tinged with gentleness and the modulations are seamless. It dies away, morendo, like the sun setting on the horizon. Behind this apparent simplicity, however, Chausson subtly weaves the work into six sections, its broad rhythms and perfectly-judged sonorities intermingled with a craftsmanship that belies the art behind the art.

from notes by Jean Gallois © 1998
English: Celia Ballantyne

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