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

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 20
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 2 in C major, Op. 58
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...this is some of the most ravishing violin playing these tired old ears have heard in a long time. Graffin chooses expansive tempos for the most part, yet rarely is there any feeling of ennui; rather, he seems entirely one with the music, allowing it to unfold naturally, yet with ample passion where called for; and his sheer beauty of tone and seemingly effortless mastery of his craft weave a potent spell." -Haller, ARG

'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 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)



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Works Details

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 20
  • Performer: Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland (11/13/1998-11/14/1998)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1859

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 2 in C major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland (11/13/1998-11/14/1998)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1858

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Violin no 3 in B minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland (11/13/1998-11/14/1998)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1880