Saint-Saens / Ysaye - Rare Transcriptions for Violin & Piano | Hyperion - Helios CDH55353

Saint-Saens / Ysaye - Rare Transcriptions for Violin & Piano

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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55353

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 31st August 2010

Contents

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.1 in G minor, op.23 (trans. for violin and piano)
Nocturnes (21)
» no.16 in E flat major, op.55 no.2 (trans. Saint-Saens for violin and piano)
» no.18 in E major, op.62 no.2 (trans. Saint-Saens for violin and piano)
Waltzes (19)
» no.14 in E minor, B56, KK IVa:15, P1:15 (trans. Ysaye for violin and piano)

Saint-Saens, Camille

Caprice brillant
Etudes (6), op.52
» no.6 Etude en forme de valse
Fantaisie for Violin and Piano after Weber's Oberon
Fantaisie in A major, op.124
L'air de la pendule

Artists

Philippe Graffin (violin)
Pascal Devoyon (piano)
Catherine Beynon (harp)

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.1 in G minor, op.23 (trans. for violin and piano)
Nocturnes (21)
» no.16 in E flat major, op.55 no.2 (trans. Saint-Saens for violin and piano)
» no.18 in E major, op.62 no.2 (trans. Saint-Saens for violin and piano)
Waltzes (19)
» no.14 in E minor, B56, KK IVa:15, P1:15 (trans. Ysaye for violin and piano)

Saint-Saens, Camille

Caprice brillant
Etudes (6), op.52
» no.6 Etude en forme de valse
Fantaisie for Violin and Piano after Weber's Oberon
Fantaisie in A major, op.124
L'air de la pendule

Artists

Philippe Graffin (violin)
Pascal Devoyon (piano)
Catherine Beynon (harp)

About

Philippe Graffin’s voyage of discovery researching little-known works for the violin by well-known masters has already seen a particularly well-received disc of Rare French works for violin and orchestra, and now we have a disc of works for violin and piano that also emerged from his investigations. These pieces have been uncovered in private collections and various libraries, including the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

These are fascinating transcriptions by Saint-Saëns, one of the most celebrated pianists of his time, and the equally celebrated violinist Ysa˙e. Having assisted in bringing them to light, Graffin performs them here with his customary virtuosity and grace, accompanied by the equally deft French pianist, Pascal Devoyon, on a disc that will educate, delight and amaze.

Graffin’s tone throughout is sweet and seductive, his phrasing a thing of pure joy … a wonderful disc. Buy it’ - Gramophone

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

Strongly recommended’ - Fanfare, USA

[Previously CDA67285]

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