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SAINT-GEORGES: Violin Concertos No. 1, Op. 3 and Nos. 2 and 10

Composer(s):Saint-Georges, Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de
Artist(s) Mallon, Kevin, Conductor • Toronto Chamber OrchestraQian, Zhou, violin
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.557322
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


In an age of remarkable individuals, Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, son of a French colonial planter and a beautiful Senegalese slave, occupied a unique position as athlete, swordsman, military commander, huntsman, violin virtuoso and conductor. Though written for his own use, the violin concertos are more than vehicles for mere virtuosic display. Lyrical, expressive slow movements are flanked by often highly original outer movements, quite unlike anything still being written by Viennese composers such as Haydn, Hofmann and Dittersdorf. Had Mozart seen Saint-Georges play the brilliant Concerto No. 10 while he was in Paris in 1778, he would have heard many things in it to admire.


   




Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D,Naxos,December 2006

The first volume (of what I hope will be a complete traversal of the gifted St. Georges' works) was recorded by Takako Nishizaki and a German orchestra. This disc is every bit as enjoyable as was Vol. I, with the added advantage of somewhat livelier acoustics. The three concerti on this CD seem to have been chosen for the very high register the composer favoured in writing them. Qian Zhou is a supreme master, and is given solid support by Kevin Mallon and his Torontonians.



Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,December 2006

The first volume (of what I hope will be a complete traversal of the gifted St. Georges' works) was recorded by Takako Nishizaki and a German orchestra. This disc is every bit as enjoyable as was Vol. I, with the added advantage of somewhat livelier acoustics. The three concerti on this CD seem to have been chosen for the very high register the composer favoured in writing them. Qian Zhou is a supreme master, and is given solid support by Kevin Mallon and his Torontonians.








 

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