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Phillipe Grafin Violin & Claire Désert Piano

DOHNANYI: Andante rubato alla zingaresca BRAHMS: Sonata No 1 in G Op 78 BARTOK: Dances Roumaines -Interval- ENESCO: Impressions d'enfance Op 28 DEBUSSY: Minstrels DEBUSSY: Il pleut dans mon coeur RAVEL: Tzigane for violin and piano All the composers featured in this programme admired gypsy music and there are resonances in several of the works. Ravel’s Tzigane is both a tribute and impression, a pastiche of gypsy music. Ravel heard Bartók in recital in Paris; his second sonata is energetic and spiky, reminiscent of Hungarian folk music. Philippe Graffin’s individual playing style has placed him among the finest of French violinists. His interpretations of his native French repertoire compelled Gramophone magazine to proclaim ‘his understanding of the idiom is second to none’. “Philippe Graffin’s performances are especially remarkable for their breathtaking virtuosity, profound lyricism and expressive freedom.” The Strad The concert finishes at approximately 9.10pm