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Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit - Saint-saens, Et Al / Capucon, Harding


Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 545482   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsJules MassenetMaurice RavelHector Berlioz,   ... 
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Massenet’s ‘Méditation’ from Thaïs and Saint-Saëns Introduction et rondo capriccioso: at first glance this is simply a collection of violin lollipops, albeit with a French flavour. Indeed, it is strangely heartwarming to find that record companies still encourage rising stars such as Renaud Capuçon to make such discs. While remaining firmly populist in flavour, the music on closer acquaintance reveals that it comprises a superior example of the breed. Four of the eight works are by Saint-Saëns, giving the programme an element of exploring repertoire with some kind of logic, rather than being a random collection of bonbons. The fireworks of Ravel’s Tzigane and the more sublime Rêverie et caprice of Berlioz Read more fit seamlessly into this programme and the inclusion of Danse macabre is inspired, although the frenetic pace at the opening leaves nowhere to go at the end. Milhaud’s arrangement for violin and orchestra of Le boeuf sur le toit, complete with fiendish cadenza by Honegger, sits a little awkwardly at the end of the programme, but sounds better here than in rival versions. Throughout, Capuçon exquisitely slips from silken tones to gritty determination and back as the music demands. Most importantly, he and Daniel Harding are patently having immense fun.

-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Bremen 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Bremen 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Bremen 
Length: 10 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Bremen 
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs. 
5.
Etudes (6) for Piano, Op. 52: no 6, En forme de Valse by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Bremen 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eugène Ysaÿe. 
6.
Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Bremen 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Rêverie et caprice for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 8 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Bremen 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Bremen 
Length: 14 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor Op. 28
Méditation religieuse - Symphonie (from Thaïs)
Havanaise in E Op. 83
Tzigane
Valse-Caprice, d'après l'Etude en forme de valse pour piano Op. 52 No. 6
Danse macabre in G minor Op. 40
Rêverie et caprice Op. 8
Le Boeuf sur le toit Op. 58

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