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'Hungarian Dances: a recital inspired by the novel'
Philippe Graffin (violin), Claire Désert (piano) and friends perform a dazzling programme evoking the world of 'Hungarian Dances', including a selection of Brahms's Hungarian Dances, Bartók's Romanian Dances, Monti's Csardas, Hubay's Hejre Kati and Dohnanyi's Andante Rubato alla Zingaresca.

"Nothing fictional about this thrillingly evocative, novel-inspired enthralling, exceptional recital, to be thoroughly recommended."
- Gramophone


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Graffin, Philippe
Hungarian Dances
ONYX4039 ( released on October 29th 2008 )

Inspired by the novel of the same name by Jessica Duchen and a follow up to his outstanding "In the shades of Forests" CD on Avie, enterprising French violinist Philippe Graffin (in the first of a series of ONYX recordings) and pianist Claire Desert have explored the Hungarian violin playing tradition and its effect on classical composers from Brahms to Bartok, Hubay to Scarlatescu.

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... and here is a first review - The Independent on Sunday - (2 November 2008).


Philippe Graffin
Philippe Graffin
Philippe Graffin’s individual style of playing and outstanding achievements have already placed him among the finest of French violinists. A student of the late Joseph Gingold and Philipp Hirschhorn, his charismatic and imaginative performances of the mainstream and contemporary repertoire have been praised throughout the world by audiences and reviewers alike.
Further information about Philippe, please contact: Caroline Baird Artists
“His elegant, emotionally charged playing is strongly reminiscent of the young Menuhin and [his] understanding of the idiom seems to me second to none” Gramophone
“Ardent and aristocratic playing”Sunday Telegraph

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Philippe, pianist Claire Désert and Jessica
Huge thanks to everyone who helped to make the Hungarian Dances Concert of the Novel such a success!

Held at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace on 17 June 2008, the performance was designed to raise finance for Philippe Graffin’s planned CD of a violin recital programme inspired by the book. With Jessica reading the appropriate extracts from the novel between the pieces, the recital featured Philippe with pianist Claire Désert in music ranging from Dohnányi’s Andante Rubato alla Zingaresca to Beethoven’s ‘Spring’ Sonata and Bartók’s Romanian Dances; Tom Eisner, second violin, joined Philippe for the selection of Bartók violin duos that rounded off the first half. With a beautiful evening, a fantastic turnout, excellent Hungarian-style canapés and a team from omusic TV in attendance to record the event, it was a night to remember.
Philippe and Tom Eisner Philippe and Jessica  

Prima la musica, poi le parole?
Author Jessica Duchen and musician Philippe Graffin have undertaken a number of exciting joint projects enhancing music with words and words with music. Collaborations include:
  • The Song of Triumphant Love: a scripted concert exploring the story behind the story behind the Chausson Poème (2000)
  • Too Much Mozart: a short story to complement Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, published in the booklet of Philippe’s recording of the work with violist Nobuko Imai and the Brabants Orchestra (Avie Records, AV2127).
  • A Walk Through the End of Time: a one-act play to introduce Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, premiered at the 2007 Consonances Festival, St Nazaire, for which Philippe commissioned it. Further performances are scheduled for 2008 in Britain at the Lake District Summer Music Festival and in Australia at the Australian International Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville

Jessica and Philippe Graffin