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Philippe Graffin|Fiddler's Blues (Ysaÿe, Ravel, Debussy, Enesco)

Fiddler's Blues (Ysaÿe, Ravel, Debussy, Enesco)

Philippe Graffin - Claire Désert

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The title Fiddler's Blues refers here only to the celebrated "Blues" slow movement of the Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major of Ravel; there's nothing particularly bluesy about the rest of the music on the album. Instead, French violinist Philippe Graffin offers a collection of French solo and piano-accompanied violin pieces, mostly little-known, and in three cases never before heard. The big news is the Sonate posthume pour violon seul, Op. 27bis: a seventh solo violin sonata to go with the existing six of Eugène Ysaÿe. Graffin found the work in manuscript at a library in Brussels, incomplete but largely having received its general shape, and completed it. One may speculate as to why the composer abandoned it; various good answers suggest themselves, from the coherence of the existing group of six to the difference in style of this one from the others: it's shorter, tonally more conservative, and generally simpler. This said, it's a genuine rediscovery of a work by a major composer, and to a non-violinist, the joints where Graffin has added material are not apparent. There's also a small work by Ysaÿe and an entirely original arrangement of Debussy's Clair de lune, a work you might not think would be susceptible to such a thing, for solo violin; these are both new. Elsewhere, there are two more major works, the Ravel sonata and a lively little-known sonata "dans le caractère roumaine," in the Romanian popular style, of Enescu. Any one of these might attract you (sample the first movement of the Enescu), and there are also short pieces by Ravel and Enescu to bring down the curtain. A delightful recital in the French tradition, with clean, circumspect accompaniment from pianist Claire Désert.
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Posthumous Sonata for solo violin, Op. 27 (World Premiere Recording) (Eugène Ysaÿe)

1
I. Allegro molto moderato ma con brio
00:03:39

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Eugène Ysaÿe, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

2
II. Canzona - Lento e mesto
00:03:30

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Eugène Ysaÿe, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

3
III. Finale - Giocoso (completed P. Graffin)
00:02:17

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Eugène Ysaÿe, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major (Maurice Ravel)

4
I. Allegretto
00:07:44

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claire Désert, Piano - Maurice Ravel, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

5
II. Blues - Moderato
00:05:26

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claire Désert, Piano - Maurice Ravel, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

6
III. Perpetuum mobile - Allegro
00:04:08

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claire Désert, Piano - Maurice Ravel, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

Claire de lune (transcribed for solo violin / Word Premiere Recording) (Claude Debussy)

7
Claire de lune (transcribed for solo violin by David Matthews and Philippe Graffin)
00:05:15

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claude Debussy, Composer - David Matthews & Philippe Graffin, Transcription

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

Petite fantaisie romantique (Eugène Ysaÿe)

8
Petite fantaisie romantique
00:05:10

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claire Désert, Piano - Eugène Ysaÿe, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25, 'dans le caractere populaire roumain' (George Enescu)

9
I. Moderato malinconico
00:09:20

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claire Désert, Piano - George Enescu, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

10
II. Andante sostenuto e misterioso
00:08:25

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claire Désert, Piano - George Enescu, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

11
III. Allegro con brio, ma troppo mosso
00:08:33

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claire Désert, Piano - George Enescu, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré (Maurice Ravel)

12
Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré
00:02:53

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claire Désert, Piano - Maurice Ravel, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

Hora Unirii (George Enescu)

13
Hora Unirii
00:01:51

Philippe Graffin, Violin - Claire Désert, Piano - George Enescu, Composer

(C) 2019 Philippe Graffin (P) 2018 A Westdeutsche Rundfunk Cologne Production

Album Description

The title Fiddler's Blues refers here only to the celebrated "Blues" slow movement of the Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major of Ravel; there's nothing particularly bluesy about the rest of the music on the album. Instead, French violinist Philippe Graffin offers a collection of French solo and piano-accompanied violin pieces, mostly little-known, and in three cases never before heard. The big news is the Sonate posthume pour violon seul, Op. 27bis: a seventh solo violin sonata to go with the existing six of Eugène Ysaÿe. Graffin found the work in manuscript at a library in Brussels, incomplete but largely having received its general shape, and completed it. One may speculate as to why the composer abandoned it; various good answers suggest themselves, from the coherence of the existing group of six to the difference in style of this one from the others: it's shorter, tonally more conservative, and generally simpler. This said, it's a genuine rediscovery of a work by a major composer, and to a non-violinist, the joints where Graffin has added material are not apparent. There's also a small work by Ysaÿe and an entirely original arrangement of Debussy's Clair de lune, a work you might not think would be susceptible to such a thing, for solo violin; these are both new. Elsewhere, there are two more major works, the Ravel sonata and a lively little-known sonata "dans le caractère roumaine," in the Romanian popular style, of Enescu. Any one of these might attract you (sample the first movement of the Enescu), and there are also short pieces by Ravel and Enescu to bring down the curtain. A delightful recital in the French tradition, with clean, circumspect accompaniment from pianist Claire Désert.
© TiVo

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