Qian Zhou, Toronto Camerata, Kevin Mallon - Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Violin Concertos (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 65:30 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.557322
One of the more flamboyant characters in Paris in the latter half of the 19th century, Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de St. George (1739?-1799) was known as a championship fencer and a brilliant violinist. It is not a surprise then that his violin concertos exhibit a swaggering solo part. What you won't find is much motivic development. What you will discover are gorgeous melodies, lots of them. Although they populate all his work, they especially saturate his lyrical middle movements, one of which appears to be the basis for the haunting oboe theme from the popular BBC series, "Foyle's War".