Magazine article Gramophone

Franck: Grieg: Dvorak: Dvorak Four Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150

Magazine article Gramophone

Franck: Grieg: Dvorak: Dvorak Four Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150

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Franck * Grieg * Dvorak Dvorak Four Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150 Franck Violin Sonata Grieg Violin Sonata No 3, Op 45 Renaud Capucon vri Khatia Buniatishvili of Erato [F] 2564 62501-8 (66' * DDD)

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Any violinist not relying on portamento to intensify the lyricism of their performance of high-Romantic chamber music is a brave one. Despite the fact that Renaud Capu[section]on plays with a full-blooded tone, it is rare to hear him overblow, either in Bach or--as here--in more robust repertoire. Rather, there is a calmness to his sense of melody that has a tendency to give his performances identity enough without interfering with the relationship between the listener and the composer's aspirations for them.

This works well in the uncomplicated tenderness of Dvorak's Four Romantic Pieces and also in the threatened halcyon character of Grieg's Third Violin Sonata (although there it occasionally lacks a certain airiness that in some performances, such as Henning Kraggerud's on Naxos, is a more effective driving force behind the imagery). …

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