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Schumann: Violin Concerto; Violin Sonata No. 2 / Philippe Graffin

Audio Samples

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
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Notes & Reviews:

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann's birth, Onyx presents two discs of his music for violin, played by two of today's finest violinists. Ilya Gringolts (in his debut recording for the label) is featured in a program of Schumann's three sonatas. Accompanied by pianist Peter Laul, Gringolts offers glowing interpretations of these staples of the chamber music repertoire. Philippe Graffin's fascinating new Onyx disc features unusual and intelligent programming from one of the most insightful and inquisitive violinists of our time. Graffin's second recording for the label sees him partnered once again with pianist Claire Desert, this time in Schumann's highly charged second sonata and the delightful Romances by Clara Schumann, composed for Joseph Joachim. The concerto is a rarity - not the D minor violin concerto, but the composer's own arrangement of his much-loved concerto for cello.

BBC Music Magazine
Most of [the transcription] works well enough...and there are even one or two gains...Graffin makes a very appealing case for it...Clara Schumann's Three Romances are much more than salon sweetmeats, and Graffin and Claire Désert play them elegantly and with feeling.



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
  • Performer: Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christoph Poppen
  • Notes: Groáe Sendesaal des SR, Saarbrücken (04/28/2008-04/30/2008)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
  • Performers: Philippe Graffin (Violin); Claire Désert (Piano)
  • Notes: Galerie des Franciscains, Saint-Nazaire (12/20/2009-12/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1853

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
  • Performer: Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christoph Poppen
  • Notes: Galerie des Franciscains, Saint-Nazaire (12/20/2009-12/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851