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Elgar: Violin Concerto; Chausson / Handley, Graffin, et al

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61
>Chausson, Ernest : Poème, for violin & orchestra, Op. 25
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Vernon Handley, of course, has unexcelled qualifications as an Elgarian; he and the Liverpool orchestra give the soloist splendid support. The engineers do their part, too. Given the unique provenance of these performances, comparisons to other recordings are almost irrelevant. If you love these two works, you'll hear them in ways that are fresh, powerful, and deeply revealing." -ARG

Gramophone Magazine
Graffin's performance with the ever-understanding backing of Vernon Handley and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is most distinguished. I cannot remember one on disc that so magically exploits the range of pianissimo that the score asks for. The story is similar with the first version of Chausson's Poème... Here again the performance could hardly be more subtle, with Graffin maintaining the gentlest of dynamics while keeping total concentration.

BBC Music Magazine
This is a passionate, strongly argued performance, with Graffin's extrovert solo performance well supported by the RLPO and Handley.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (08/02/2005/08/03/2005)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Chausson, Ernest : Poème, for violin & orchestra, Op. 25
  • Performer: Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (08/02/2005/08/03/2005)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1896