The 22nd of January 2016 marks the release of Renaud Capuçon’s new Album with Warner Classics including the best-known works by Edouard Lalo, Pablo de Sarasate and Max Bruch.
Firmly established as one of the world’s leading violinists, Renaud Capuçon will celebrate his 40th birthday the month of release (27 January – the same day as Lalo’s!), marking an important personal occasion in a suitably festive fashion. The new Album collects Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole in D minor Op. 21, Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op.26 and Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen Op. 20. Renaud Capuçon collaborated in this recording with Maestro Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris at the orchestra’s new home, the French capital’s Philharmonie, which opened in early 2015 and was immediately hailed for its superb acoustics. The Bruch concerto became the first piece to be recorded there, in May 2015.
As Renaud Capuçon explains: “These three works, all written between 1868 and 1878, are among the most famous in the history of the violin. There is a history of respect and friendship linking the three composers, Lalo, Sarasate and Bruch. Lalo dedicated his Symphonie espagnole to Sarasate. It was also to Sarasate that, not long afterwards, Bruch dedicated his Fantaisie écossaise, while it was the great Joachim who first brought Bruch’s concerto to the attention of the world. As for me, I was 12 years old when I first tackled these works with Veda Reynolds. The Bruch was my first competition piece, the Lalo was the work I chose when I played for Gérard Poulet for the first time and I performed the Sarasate at my first “serious” récital. It gives me enormous pleasure, as I celebrate my fortieth birthday (and incidentally I share a birthday with Mozart and Lalo, amongst others), to play and replay these works which are so well written for violin. It was an intense and exhilarating experience to record them in Paris – the very place where Symphonie espagnole had its first performance – with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi in the brand new Philharmonie de Paris hall. I would like to dedicate this album to two great men who were both passionate about the Bruch concerto, two people who were very dear to me but who passed away recently: Jacques Chancel and Gratien Ferrari.”