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The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 1 - Saint-saens / Graffin


Release Date: 09/07/1999 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67074   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Philippe Graffin
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'Hyperion holds a trump card in Philippe Graffin, whose elegant, emotionally charged playing is strongly reminiscent of the young Menuhin (he has a similar sort of sound) and whose understanding of the idiom seems to me second to none - certainly among modern players' (Gramophone) 'The delightful surprise here is the Second Concerto, full of youthful exuberance. Philippe Graffin, with rich, firm tone, gives performances full of temperament, warmly supported by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish' (The Guardian) 'All are beautifully crafted, irresistibly violinistic and catchily tuneful. Graffin is a real stylist, a player in the Franco-Belgian tradition with exquisitely sweet and focused tone and enviable bravura in the technical high Read more jinks Saint-Saëns demands of his soloist. A delectable issue' (The Sunday Times) 'Graffin clearly believes in these works, delivering exhilarating and passionate interpretations throughout ... an outstanding disc in every way' (Classic CD) 'stylish performances and excellent sound' (Classic FM Magazine) 'An auspicious beginning for this new Hyperion series' (Classical Express) 'Flawless performances' (Classical Ireland) 'The brilliant French violinist Philippe Graffin ... demonstrates his skill on this new Hyperion recording' (Evening Standard) 'The French virtuoso Philippe Graffin is a sensitive and intelligent soloist, wonderfully attuned to Saint-Saëns' conservative but always tasteful subtleties' (The Scotsman) 'Philippe Graffin is fully equal to [the] formidable technical demands, and also strikes an essential spark illuminating the music's character and passionate stimulus' (Daily Telegraph) 'There are few more exciting young fiddlers around at the moment than Frenchman Philippe Graffin. Three previous Hyperion releases of music by Ysaÿe and Chausson have already revealed Graffin's abundant gifts, and in this generous new Saint-Saëns coupling ... one can once again only marvel at playing of such thrilling temperament, consummate intelligence and stylistic flair' (Hi-Fi News & Record Review) 'the young French violinist, Philippe Graffin, performs with great élan and virtuosity' (Contemporary Review) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A major, Op. 20 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin)
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 13 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in C major, Op. 58 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin)
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 31 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in B minor, Op. 61 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Philippe Graffin (Violin)
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 30 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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