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Rare Violin Transcriptions / Philippe Graffin

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>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Caprice brilliant, for violin & piano
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Caprice d'après l'etude en forme de Valse de Saint-Saëns
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 16 in E flat major, Op. 55/2, CT. 123
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantaisie after Weber's Oberon, for violin & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : L'air de la pendule, for violin & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantasie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Caprice brilliant, for violin & piano
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Caprice d'après l'etude en forme de Valse de Saint-Saëns
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 16 in E flat major, Op. 55/2, CT. 123
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantaisie after Weber's Oberon, for violin & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : L'air de la pendule, for violin & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantasie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124
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Notes & Reviews:

'Graffin's tone throughout is sweet and seductive, his phrasing a thing of pure joy ... a wonderful disc. Buy it' (Gramophone)

'Graffin's performances are especially remarkable for their breathtaking virtuosity, profound lyricism and expressive freedom ... the players' accounts of Saint-Saëns' two Chopin transcriptions are faithful to the composer's tradition, their long-breathed melodies, range of sonorous tone colour, unerring sense of nuance and seeming inevitability of rubato demonstrating all the requisite imagination ... outstanding ... technical prowess and poetic subtlety' (The Strad)

'Beautifully played by virtuoso musicians, this is a thoughtful and insightful recording, enhanced by the lovely Fantaisie for violin and harp' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Fascinating ... Graffin and Devoyon offer fine, committed performances ... Graffin produces a beguiling tone' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The music collected here is very enjoyable ... this is the second disc of music by Saint-Saëns that I have heard from Philippe Graffin, and it is just as enjoyable and interesting as the earlier one ... excellent booklet notes' (American Record Guide)

'Strongly recommended' -Fanfare

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London.



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>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Caprice brilliant, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Philippe Graffin (Violin); Pascal Devoyon (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/06/2001-03/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
  • Performers: Philippe Graffin (Violin); Pascal Devoyon (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/06/2001-03/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1931) : Caprice d'après l'etude en forme de Valse de Saint-Saëns
  • Performers: Pascal Devoyon (Piano); Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/06/2001-03/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1900

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 16 in E flat major, Op. 55/2, CT. 123
  • Performers: Philippe Graffin (Violin); Pascal Devoyon (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/06/2001-03/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56
  • Performers: Philippe Graffin (Violin); Pascal Devoyon (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/06/2001-03/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1830

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performers: Philippe Graffin (Violin); Pascal Devoyon (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/06/2001-03/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Fantaisie after Weber's Oberon, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Pascal Devoyon (Piano); Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/06/2001-03/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : L'air de la pendule, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Philippe Graffin (Violin); Pascal Devoyon (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/06/2001-03/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1918

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Fantasie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124
  • Performers: Philippe Graffin (Violin); Catherine Beynon (Harp)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907