Fanny Clamagirand (violin), Vanya Cohen (piano)
'I like nothing better than chamber music,' Camille Saint-Saens once wrote to a violinist friend and, indeed, he did much to promote the genre in Paris during the second half of the 19th Century. Prominent among his works for violin and piano is the technically challenging 1885 Violin Sonata No 1 which balances passion with clarity. The Triptyque of 1912 shows his mastery of melody, rhythm and metre, and elsewhere in this first volume one finds numerous examples of his instinct for charm and characterisation. Saint Saens's works for violin are not as popular as they should be, though Violin Sonata No 1 is a repertory piece. This is the first in a series of Saint-Saens's complete works for violin and piano, on which the violin sonatas will be split between volumes, allowing a 'sonata plus' approach to this marvellous music. Fanny Clamagirand is one of the leading violinists of her generation, and the elegance, sensitivity and authority of her performances are warmly received by critics. Her Naxos recording of the Saint-Saens Violin Concertos (8572037) was awarded a Choc by Classica. For the last several years, Fanny Clamagirand has formed a Duo with pianist Vanya Cohen, performing in numerous concerts in France and abroad.
Saint-Saens Violin Sonata No 1 in D minor Op 75, Berceuse Op 38, Elegie Op 160, Elegie Op 143, Sarabande et Rigaudon Op 93, Romance Op 37, L'air de la pendule, Triptyque Op 136
Running Time: 1 hr 8 min