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Hungarian Dances / Philippe Graffin, Claire Désert


Release Date: 12/09/2008 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4039   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ernö von DohnányiFritz KreislerVittorio MontiJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Philippe GraffinClaire DésertHebe MensingaSzymon Marciniak,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A delightful programme of violin sweetmeats with a gypsyesque flavour – sometimes overt as in Brahms’s swaggering Hungarian Dances Nos 2, 6, 7 and 9, and occasionally more subtly nuanced, as in Debussy’s exquisite waltz La plus que lente. To further intensify the atmosphere, Claire Désert uses a luthéal (an enhanced piano mechanism designed to emulate the sound of the cimbalom) in Monti’s deliriously camp Czardas, parts of Hubay’s Hejre Kati and Scarlatescu’s swirling Bagatelle. Particularly valuable for Brahms completists is the inclusion of Hymn in Honour of the Great Joachim, the gloriously banal waltz he composed for his friend Joseph Joachim. Other delights include Kreisler’s cabaret-styled Marche miniature viennoise, Read more Nathan Milstein’s scintillating solo violin transcription of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No.1, and Arthur Hartmann’s nostalgia-fuelled L’amour, valse bluette. Throughout, Graffin blends the music’s various flavours with mouth-watering panache. Bravo!
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ruralia hungarica (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 32c: no 2, "Gypsy Andante" by Ernö von Dohnányi
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Hungary 
2.
Apple Blossoms: Miniature Viennese March by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
3.
Csárdás by Vittorio Monti
Performer:  Claire Désert (Prepared Piano), Philippe Graffin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
4.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 2 in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
5.
Valse triste by Franz von Vecsey
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
6.
Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 2, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
7.
Romance oubliée for Violin/Viola/Cello and Piano, S 132 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
8.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 6 in D flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
9.
Scčnes de la Csárda no 4, Op. 32 "Hejre Kati" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Claire Désert (Prepared Piano), Philippe Graffin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1882-1886; Hungary 
10.
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
11.
Bagatelle by Ioan Scarlatescu
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
12.
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
13.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 9 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
14.
Hymne by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hebe Mensinga (Violin), Philippe Graffin (Violin), Szymon Marciniak (Double Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853 
15.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 26, Teasing Song "Ugyan édes komámasszony" by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Tom Eisner (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
16.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 28, Sorrow by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Tom Eisner (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Budapest, Hungary 
17.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 32, Dance from Máramaros by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Tom Eisner (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
18.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 42, Arabian Song by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Tom Eisner (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
19.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 43, Pizzicato by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Tom Eisner (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Budapest, Hungary 
20.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 7 in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
21.
L'amour by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin), Claire Désert (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

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