Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3, Prelude to 'Le Déluge' / Fauré: Berceuse / Lalo: Symphonie espagnole (Intermezzo)

Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3, Prelude to 'Le Déluge' / Fauré: Berceuse / Lalo: Symphonie espagnole (Intermezzo)

by Augustin Dumay

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Overview

This is a perfectly lovely disc of French Romantic virtuoso pieces for violin orchestra played with extraordinary sympathy and virtuosity by Augustin Dumay. Even with competition from just about every first-rank violinist since Ysaÿe, Dumay more than holds his own with the best players in terms of tone and technique, and he surpasses most of the best players in terms of taste and interpretations. Dumay's Saint-Saëns showpieces sound like works with infectious melodies rather than overblown virtuosities, and his Fauré "Berceuse" is simply, supremely lyrical. And one can only regret that there is no more of Lalo's "Symphonie espagnole" than Dumay's stunning performance of its Intermezzo. Listeners who already own several recordings of these works may not feel the need to acquire another, but listeners who do not already know these warm and lovely works will be charmed by Dumay's elegant and expressive performances. EMI's remastered sound is more than acceptable but less than impressive.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2004
Label: Emi Classics
UPC: 0724358569926
catalogNumber: 85699

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61
  2. Havanaise, in E major for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 83
  3. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28
  4. Le Déluge, oratorio for voices, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45: Prelude
  5. Berceuse, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in D Major, Op. 16
  6. Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21: III. Intermezzo

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