Renaud Capuçon now has more than one string on his violin: Festival director (Les Rencontres artistiques de Bel-Air, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival), a well-known chamber musician (he counts Hélène Grimaud, Martha Argerich, Frank Braley or Nicholas Angelich among his election partners), not to mention his brief appearance in the film of Claude Lelouch 7. 57 ap-pm. On the occasion of his 40th birthday, Warner published a CD set entitled "Le Violon Roi", which acts as a portrait of the French violinist, "an enlightened ambassador of classical music to the general public". At his side, the greatest orchestras, conductors and musicians give him the replica in these mostly well-known pieces of music.
This set includes two of the rarest and hardest to find of all recordings: the 1958-59 version of the Bach Cello Suites by Janos Starker – the one everyone says his later recordings cannot match – and the extremely beautiful performance of Bach's unaccompanied violin sonatas and partitas – the one that Japanese collectors pay 3-digit dollar prices for – in outstanding EMI Digital Re-Masterings.
If what you want is a crackerjack coupling of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and his First Piano Concerto, this disc is the one to get. With the ardently noble 1971 Nathan Milstein recording of the Violin Concerto with Claudio Abbado conducting the Vienna Philharmonic joined to the recklessly passionate 1973 Martha Argerich recording of the Piano Concerto with Charles Dutoit conducting the Royal Philharmonic, both performances are easily as good as the very best ever recorded.