Date CD: February 12, 2002 | Virgin | 73:49
Massenet’s ‘Méditation’ from Thaïs and Saint-Saëns Introduction et rondo capriccioso: at first glance this is simply a collection of violin lollipops, albeit with a French flavour. Indeed, it is strangely heartwarming to find that record companies still encourage rising stars such as Renaud Capuçon to make such discs. While remaining firmly populist in flavour, the music on closer acquaintance reveals that it comprises a superior example of the breed. Four of the eight works are by Saint-Saëns, giving the programme an element of exploring repertoire with some kind of logic, rather than being a random collection of bonbons. The fireworks of Ravel’s Tzigane and the more sublime Rêverie et caprice of Berlioz fit seamlessly into this programme and the inclusion of Danse macabre is inspired, although the frenetic pace at the opening leaves nowhere to go at the end. Milhaud’s arrangement for violin and orchestra of Le boeuf sur le toit, complete with fiendish cadenza by Honegger, sits a little awkwardly at the end of the programme, but sounds better here than in rival versions. Throughout, Capuçon exquisitely slips from silken tones to gritty determination and back as the music demands. Most importantly, he and Daniel Harding are patently having immense fun.
-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine
1. Saint Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
2. Massenet: Meditation from "Thais"
3. Saint Saens: Havanaise
4. Ravel: Tzigane
5. Saint Saens (arranged by Ysaye): Valse-caprice
6. Saint Saens: Danse macabre
7. Berlioz: Reverie et Caprice
8. Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit
Renaud Capucon (violin)
Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Daniel Harding (director)
I'm beginning here to resurrect some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real thought behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the tide. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...