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Fiddler's Blues

Philippe Graffin, Claire Désert

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Sonate posthume pour violin seul, Op. 27  
I. Allegro molto moderato ma con brio
Eugène Ysaÿe; Philippe Graffin
II. Canzona - Lento e mesto
Eugène Ysaÿe; Philippe Graffin
III. Finale - Giocoso (completed P. Graffin)
Eugène Ysaÿe; Philippe Graffin
Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major  
I. Allegretto
Maurice Ravel; Philippe Graffin
II. Blues - Moderato
Maurice Ravel; Philippe Graffin
III. Perpetuum mobile - Allegro
Maurice Ravel; Philippe Graffin; Claire Désert
Claire de lune (transcribed for solo violin by David Matthews and Philippe Graffin)
Claude Debussy; Philippe Graffin
Petite Fantasie Romantique
Eugène Ysaÿe; Philippe Graffin
Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25, ‘Dans le caractère populaire roumain’  
I. Moderato malinconico
George Enescu; Philippe Graffin
II. Andante sostenuto e misterioso
George Enescu; Philippe Graffin
III. Allegro con brio, ma troppo mosso
George Enescu; Philippe Graffin
Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré
Maurice Ravel; Philippe Graffin
Hora Unirii
George Enescu; Philippe Graffin
Total Playing Time    68:11
Philippe Graffin’s virtuosity combined with his skills as a sleuth have led to the world-premiere recording of a “Posthumous” solo violin sonata by Eugène Ysaÿe, an astonishing discovery that extends the Belgian composer’s canon of his essential six sonatas for the medium. Philippe unearthed the nearly-completed manuscript in the library of the Brussels Conservatoire, and polished off the final movement in the most Ysaÿe-esque manner possible. Philippe’s penchant for intuitive programming is brought to bear on Fiddler’s Blues, combining two Ysaÿe works – including another premiere, the Petite fantasie romantique – with a pair of folksy, Bohemian-flavoured works by George Enescu, another virtuoso violinist / composer who emigrated from his native Romania and like Ysaÿe settled in Paris. Enescu was a classmate of Maurice Ravel whose Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Faure is an affectionate nod to their teacher at the Paris Conservatoire, whilst his azure-tinged Violin Sonata influences the album’s title. Ravel’s slightly older contemporary Claude Debussy befriended Ysaÿe. Whereas Ysaÿe soared writing works for solo violin, Debussy wrote none. Suggesting how such a work may have sounded, Philippe contributes his own arrangement for solo violin, made together with David Matthews, of Debussy’s enduring piano piece Claire de lune.
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