Hyperion Records

Caprice
composer
1884; dedicated 'to my friend Sarasate'

Recordings
'Rare French works for violin and orchestra' (CDH55396)
Rare French works for violin and orchestra
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55396  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Movement 1: Andante
Movement 2: Allegro appassionato

Caprice
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Guiraud’s Caprice was written in 1884 and dedicated ‘to my friend Sarasate’. It was meant to follow in the footsteps of Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, or at least that must have been the idea. Unfortunately, even though Sarasate performed the work, and it was published soon after, Guiraud’s music, which was mostly operatic, fell slowly into oblivion after his death. The musical world was changing, and the Caprice failed to find its place in the repertoires of the next generation of violinists.

from notes by Philippe Graffin © 2002

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