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The playful rhythms that start the finale give place to a passage as catchy as it is wayward and vulgar. Like Elgar, and indeed Dvorák, Coleridge-Taylor was a violinist. Philippe Graffin manages a clean-cut precision throughout the work and clearly relishes this idiomatic finale [listen -- track 3, 8:12-9:26]. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Hankinson accompanies alertly and with a weighty commitment that occasionally threatens to overwhelm the soloist. It is a fascinating disc, and the coupling is ideal. If it has to be admitted that the Coleridge-Taylor is not his finest work, the same can be said of the Dvorák. Like other composers fated to die young, Coleridge-Taylor hurried to produce his best and proved a salad-days genius.

Copyright © 14 July 2004 Robert Anderson, London UK


Coleridge-Taylor and Dvorák Violin Concertos

AV0044 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 62'43" 2004 Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Philippe Graffin, violin; Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Hankinson, conductor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912): Violin Concerto in G minor Op 80 (1912); Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904): Violin Concerto in A minor Op 53 (1879)


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