BRITTEN Violin Concerto Op 15
(Philharmonia Orchestra / Collon)
Delius Violin Concerto
Robin Milford The Darkling Thrush
(Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Lloyd-Jones)
Dutton Epoch CDLX7320
"I defy anyone not to be profoundly moved by the reserves of pathos and emotional candour that this intrepid fiddler quarries in the concerto's powerful closing minutes. It's the standout item on this two-channel hybrid SACD and no fan of either Britten or Graffin should miss hearing it."
Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone October 2015
Jongen Violin Concerto Op.17
Adagio symphonique Op 20
Fantasia Op 12
Hyperion CDA 68005
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BBC Symphony Orchestra and Lithuanian National Philharmonic
Tchaikovsky's famous concerto is heard here with a different cadenza for the first time; a mesmerising cadenza by the great Eugène Ysaÿe which every violinist will surely want to hear. The recording also includes Prokofiev's own orchestration of the second of his Five Melodies, a wordless song cycle, recorded alongside Rodion Shchedrin's orchestration of the remaining four, and Shchedrin's Concerto Parlando for violin, trumpet and strings written for Philippe.
Marttinen Violin Concerto Op 13
Philippe recorded the violin concerto of Finnish composer, Tauno Marttinen (1912-2008) with the Turku Philharmonic and conductor Ari Rasilainen.
Awarded a DIAPASON D'OR by the French press:
PHILIPPE GAUBERT Violin Concerto
"Philippe Graffin et Henri Demarquette illuminent de leur sensibilité vibrante et frémissante les deux pages concertantes de Philippe Gaubert et font véritablement honneur à la famille des cordes françaises. Ce disque est une pure merveille."
String Trio & Quintet
"le rendu touche ici à la perfection." Diapason fev 2012 (5 diapasons)
ESCHER Violin Sonata, de LEEUW Sonatina
PIJPER Violin Sonatas Nos 1 & 2, VOORMOLEN Pastorale
with Jelger Blanken, piano
"Philippe Graffin here champions four 20th-century Dutch composers, forging a Dutch-French entente that is audible in some of the music as well… First rate, spry and sensitive playing makes Graffin's and Blanken's advocacy persuasive" (Gramophone)
Frederic D'ERLANGER Violin Concerto in D minor Op 17; Poème in D major
Frederick CLIFFE Violin Concerto in D minor
With BBC National Orchestra of Wales / David Lloyd-Jones
Hyperion CDA 67838 (The Romantic Violin series)
"Graffin plays superbly, with all the fire and tenderness required, and with glorious tone." International Record Review 'Outstanding' category, Feb 2011
"Philippe Graffin's tonal sweetness, beguiling expressive intensity and mellifluous technique combine to make each phrase ring out with the sunshine freshness of new discovery" The Strad - see full review below
Concerto No 1 / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/George Vass Concerto No 2 / Orchestra Nova/George Vass
"The French violinist Philippe Graffin, for whom the Second Concerto was intended, offers effortlessly spine-tingling interpretations" Fanfare (USA May/June 2011)
"The extensive Vivacissimo finale […] provides the most breathtaking bravura on the disc, superbly negotiated by Philippe Graffin, whose beauty of tone in the slower, gentler sections is also a thing to marvel at."
BBC Music Magazine, February 2011
"The violin concertos here have the advantage of polished solo playing from Philippe Graffin […] A touch of Mahlerian angst in the later stages opens up regions that, in Matthews's music, are all the more telling for their rarity."
Gramophone, April 2011
DELIUS Suite for Violin and Orchestra RTvii/1a DUTTON CDLX 7226
Double Concerto for violin and viola RTvii/5ab
BBC Concert Orchestra / David Lloyd-Jones
Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola
"The Suite for Violin and Légende (with Graffin at his most beguiling and sweet-toned) emerge here as treasurable, nostalgia-fuelled gems of ecstatic ardour. The unaccountably neglected Double Concerto for Violin and Viola is brought stunningly to life by Graffin and Bradley"
Classic FM Editor's Choice / November 2009
"The other rarities here, all performed with sensitivity by the BBC CO under David-Lloyd-Jones, will be welcomed by Delius's admirers, particulary, perhaps, the Double Concerto in the version for violin and viola, in which Philippe Graffin and Sarah-Jane Bradley are ardent, affecting soloists."
Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph
"In this [Suite] and the Légende - a fragrant nocturne with plenty of contrasts - Philippe Graffin plays with ardour and rich tone."
International Record Review
HUNGARIAN DANCES with Claire Désert, piano/luthéal ONYX 4039
Virtuoso pieces by Bartok, Brahms, Debussy, Dohnanyi, Hartmann, Hubay, Liszt, Kreisler Monti, Scarlatescu, Vecsey.
A recital CD to accompany Jessica Duchen's novel Hungarian Dances (Hodder & Stoughton).
"A startlingly beautiful collection of encore pieces, played with skill, wit and seductive tone… French violinist Philippe Graffin is one of the most gifted and well rounded players you'll ever hear; few players can tease out those false harmonics as deftly… passionate performances."
Strings, USA / March 2009
"An enthralling, exceptional recital, to be thoroughly recommended."
Gramophone / February 2009
"Philippe Graffin explore un univers baigné de notalgie mais aussi d'espoir, alternant pièces authentiques et transcriptions, comptines insolites (Hartmann) et refrains enivrants (Danse hongroises de Brahms). Bravant tous les défis, il affronte même la Méphisto-Valse de Liszt. On goûte l'une des plus délicieuses interprétations de la Marche miniature viennoise depuis celles de Kreisler… Un disque réfléchi, sensible et très attachant."
Violin Concerto No 3 K216;
Sinfonia Concertante K364 (2 CD set)
Het Brabants Orkest
Duos for Violin and Viola Nos 1 & 2
with Nobuki Imai
"Balanced and luminous: these words best describe this recording. In the orchestral works, including the Violin Concerto no 3 and the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, one marvels equally at the remarkably elegant solos as at the gracious, yet virile orchestral playing. The balance is so well dosed that it seems as if this music, so often stiff was only ever meant for dancing. Philippe Graffin unveils for us a Mozart familiar and yet unexpected; surprisingly poised and imaginative.
The same chemistry is found in the second CD where Philippe Graffin and Nobuko Imai, who have worked together for many years, play the two Duos for violin and viola K423 and K424 with total simplicity. There is no need for more: sensitivity and sobriety know how to deliver this music of all its charm and freshness."
Le Monde de la Musique / November 2007
Concert in D Op 21 and Piano Quartet in A Op 30
HYPERION CDA 66907
Pascal Devoyon, piano;
Toby Hoffman, viola,
Gary Hoffman, cello
Prix Caecilia Prijs, Belgium - CLASSIC CD CHOICE Dec 97 (Cover CD)
"An exemplary recording of one of his finest works." The Times
"Dans le Quatuor nous tenons une version proche de lidéal par léquilibre et lintensité. Philippe Graffin sait de surcroit faire place aux tournures charmeuses, un peu fin de siècle, indissociables du lyrisme de Chausson." Diapason
Poème Op 25 (première recording of the arrangement for violin, string quartet and piano)
Piano Trio in G minor Op 3
HYPERION CDA 67028
With Pascal Devoyon, piano; Chilingirian Quartet; Gary Hoffman, cello
CLASSIC CD CHOICE June 98; GRAMOPHONE CRITICS CHOICE Dec 98
"This is one of the most beautiful discs of chamber music I have ever heard. In every respect it is sheer perfection, the young French violinist, Philippe Graffin, playing with a passion you may be fortunate to hear once in your life." David Denton for The Yorkshire Post
"As a chamber work, the musics essentially intimate tone is felt more strongly, and Graffin gives a plangent account of the solo part, with something of that sense of freedom that Ysaÿe, the works sponsor, would certainly have conveyed... Id be surprised if next years Chausson centenary brings many issues of this quality." Gramophone
RARE FRENCH WORKS for Violin and Orchestra
HYPERION CDA 67294 Fauré Violin Concerto in D minor Op 14; Saint-Saëns Morceau de Concert Op 62; Lalo Fantaisie Norvégienne, Guiraud Caprice; Lalo Guitarre Op 28, Canteloube Poème
with Ulster Orchestra / Thierry Fischer, conductor
GRAMOPHONE EDITORS CHOICE May 2002 (Cover CD)
Racommandé par Répertoire, Classica ; 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
"'Rare' is doubly true: the quality of the playing here deserves that adjective... It is Graffins recognition that each of the composers needs a different manner and palette that makes this collection so absorbing... Such a combination of enterprise, imagination and responsive musicianship is rare indeed." Gramophone
"Philippe Graffin is one of the biggest talents amount French violinists - the programme seems to be his choice, which proves he has taste and discrimination, and is an excellent showcase for his talents." BBC Music Magazine
"Philippe Graffin prouve une fois de plus la grand sincérité de son jeu, la finesse de son inspiration et la pureté de sa sonorité... Larchet alerte, le goût authentique et la conviction du soloiste donnent à ce disque original et courageux sa veritable raison dêtre." Diapason
The Three Violin Concertos
HYPERION CDA 67074
Concerto No 1 in A Op 20; No 2 in C Op 58 & No 3 in G minor Op 61
with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins, conductor
CLASSIC CD CHOICE November 1999 (on Cover CD) - BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE DISC OF THE MONTH
"Philippe Graffin, whose elegant, emotionally charged playing is strongly reminiscent of the young Menuhin (he has a similar sort of sound) and whose understanding of the idiom seems to me second to none - certainly among modern players." Gramophone
"Philippe Graffin proves himself the Saint-Saëns exponent par excellence ... his lyricism has spine and his vehemence is always cunningly controlled - these are indeed the kind of attributes needed to realise the music of this most civilised composer." The Strad
"Graffin is a real stylist, a player in the Franco-Belgian tradition with exquisitely sweet and focused tone and enviable bravura in the technical hijinks Saint-Saëns demands." Sunday Times
Music for Violin
HYPERION CDA 67100
Violin Sonata No 1 in D minor Op 75 ; No 2 in E flat major Op 102, Triptyque Op 136; Elégie Op 143; Elégie op 160 & Berceuse in B flat major Op 38
with Pascal Devoyon, piano
CLASSIC CD CHOICE Christmas 1999
"Fresh from the extraordinary success of his Saint-Saëns concertos, Philippe Graffin proves even more alluring in the French masters chamber music. This spellbinding performance had me lost in rapt concentration." Classic CD
"There is no doubt about the sheer pleasure which Graffin and Devoyon find in this music, with a performance exuding wit and heartwarming intimacy." BBC Music Magazine
SAINT-SAENS - YSAYE
Rare Transcriptions for violin and piano
HYPERION CDA 67285
Saint-Saëns Caprice brillant; Chopin/Saint-Saëns Nocturne in E Op 62 No 2; Saint-Saëns Caprice d'après l'Etude en forme de valse; Chopin/Saint-Saëns Nocturne in E flat Op 55 No 2; Chopin/Ysaÿe Waltz in E minor Op posth; Chopin/Ysaÿe Ballade No 1 in G minor Op 23; Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for violin & piano after Weber's Oberon; Saint-Saëns L'air de la pendule; Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for violin & harp Op 124
with Pascal Devoyon, piano; Catherine Beynon, harp
5 de Diapason / 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
"Philippe Graffins performances are especially remarkable for their breathtaking virtuosity, profound lyricism and expressive freedom" The Strad
"Incontestablement lun des disques de violon les plus originaux publiés ces dernières années. Philippe Graffin défend avec autant de passion que de talent les oeuvres françaises rares." Diapason
"Graffins tone throughout is sweet and seductive. His phrasing a thing of pure joy ... a wonderful disc. Buy it." Gramophone
Sonata for Violin & Piano
HYPERION CDA 67220
Suite No 1 for violin and piano Op 11
with Pascal Devoyon, piano
5 de Diapason
"Fine, colourful and lyrical playing by Graffin, who contrasts effectively passages of serious intensity with moments of lighter character and repose." The Strad
"These are sumptuously responsive performances, glowingly recorded and expertly annotated." International Record Review
YSAYE Solo Violin Sonatas
HYPERION CDA 66940
Six Sonata for Violin Solo Op 27;
Poème Elégiaque in D minor Op 12*;
Rêve denfant Op 14*
*with Pascal Devoyon, piano
"Philippe Graffin has one major advantage over his rivals: his pure intonation. Even the most demanding of Ysaÿes flights of virtuosic fancy sound beautiful, with the accurate tuning complemented by fine tone, thrillingly precise fingerwork, plus excellent recording." Gramophone
"...one simply cannot imagine this music being played any other way. Even Frank Peter Zimmermanns otherwise exemplary EMI recordings must play 'second fiddle' to artistry of this order... Graffin not only surmounts the myriad technical intractabilities with which Ysaÿe peppers this music in dashing style, but with an amazingly consistent golden tone, and - most important of all - a mesmerising identification with what this music is all about. One listens as though on some hot-line to the original source of the composers inspiration." Julian Haylock, Hi-Fi News