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Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto; Dvorák / Graffin, et al

Album Summary

>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 80
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The Violin Concerto, recorded here for the first time is refreshingly vital and lyrically captivating. Granted, Coleridge-Taylor doesn't have the sustained symphonic sweep and subtlety of Elgar's contemporaneous Violin Concerto, or of Dvorak's Concerto for that matter. But for most of the work it's the melodic impetus that carries the music. Philippe Graffin and the Johannesburg Philharmonic play it with refinement and plenty of feeling." ***** - Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The resurgence of interest in the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor reaches another milestone with this long-overdue first recording of his Violin Concerto. Coleridge-Taylor completed it in 1911 for the American virtuoso Maud Powell but never lived to hear a note. Abetted by polished and passionate playing from the recently formed Johannesburg PO under its British-born chief Michael Hankinson, Philippe Graffin triumphantly demonstrates what an effective, endearing work it is, acutely responsive as he is to its bittersweet lyricism while equally relishing the many opportunities for solo display in both outer movements. The choice of Dvork's concerto as a coupling would no doubt have pleased Coleridge-Taylor; the Czech master was his favourite composer. Again, there's no missing the wholehearted commitment of all involved. Admittedly, there are times when you're aware that the orchestra isn't in the luxury class, but Graffin plays with such vibrant character and imagination, and the whole venture radiates such a life-affirming spontaneity and joy in music-making that any drawbacks dwindle into insignificance.

Gramophone, Editor's Choice
Graffin plays with such vibrant character and imagination, and the whole venture radiates such a life-affirming spontaneity and joy in music-making.



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>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 80
  • Performer: Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Hankinson
  • Ensemble: Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Linder Auditoriu,, University of the Witwatersrand Education Campus, St. Andrews Road, Parktown, Joh (10/19/2003/10/23/2003)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53
  • Performer: Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Hankinson
  • Ensemble: Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto