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“I like nothing better than chamber music,” Saint-Saëns once wrote to a violinist friend and, indeed, he did much to promote the genre in Paris during the second half of the 19th century. Prominent among his works for violin and piano is the technically challenging 1885 Violin Sonata No. 1 which balances passion with clarity. The Triptyque of 1912 shows his mastery of melody, rhythm and metre, and elsewhere in this first volume one finds numerous examples of his instinct for charm and characterisation.
Camille Saint-Saens: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
I. Allegro agitato
II. Allegretto moderato
II. Allegro molto
Camille Saint-Saens: Berceuse in B flat major, Op. 38
Berceuse in B flat major, Op. 38
Camille Saint-Saens: Elegie in F major, Op. 160
Elegie in F major, Op. 160
Camille Saint-Saens: Elegie in D major, Op. 143
Elegie in D major, Op. 143
Camille Saint-Saens: Sarabande et rigaudon, Op. 93 (version for violin and piano)
Camille Saint-Saens: Romance in D flat major, Op. 37 (version for violin and piano)
Romance in D flat major, Op. 37 (version for violin and piano)
Camille Saint-Saens: L'air de la pendule in A minor
L'air de la pendule in A minor
Camille Saint-Saens: Triptyque in D major, Op. 136
II. Vision Congolaise
3rd July 2013
“Fanny Clamagirand is an excellent young violinist whose sweet tone, gentle vibrato, and gift for lyrical expression make her ideal for this romantic repertoire. Vanya Cohen’s accompaniments shine, too, and highlight the inventive ways that Saint-Saëns uses his main instrument.”
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