Conductor Bernhard Gueller
Soloist Philippe Graffin (violin)
Liadov Baba Yaga
Brahms Violin Concerto
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 1
Principal guest conductor of the CPO and music director of Symphony Nova Scotia since 2003, Bernhard Gueller has long impressed audiences with the excitement he brings to the podium. Called ‘poet of phrasing’, ‘electrifying’ and ‘thrilling’ and noted for his ‘genius for underlining the momentum of a phrase”, his interpretations have been hailed as inspiring, dramatic and passionate. His CD of works by Canadian composer Tim Brady won Canada’s prestigious East Coast Music Award; a CD of orchestrated Schubert lieder was recently released. Recent collaborations include with violinists Joshua Bell and James Ehnes and singer Johan Botha.
Violinist Philippe Graffin has an indisputable reputation for his interpretations of the French repertoire and has a special affection for the works of British composers. Graffin was invited to make his first recording byYehudi Menuhin. His rich discography now includes over thirty concertos including many world premieres. His recording of the three Saint-Saëns concertos was the first volume of Hyperion’s ‘Romantic Violin’ series. He has championed the concerto of the Afro/English composer Coleridge-Taylor, making its first recording and performing it at the BBC Proms. His latest release is of the Britten and Delius concertos for Dutton Epoch.In demand as a teacher, Graffin, gives masterclasses around the world and is a professor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur and at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal.
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