DELPHIN ALARD (1815-1888): 3 Duets for 2 Violins, Op. 27.
Catalogue Number: 03K041
Label: Pierre Verany
Description: Brilliant soloist and professor at the Paris Conservatoire for 43 years (where his finest pupil was Sarasate), Alard left two violin concertos (where are they?) and lots of pedagogical pieces like these three for an advanced level, published in 1853. Playful and witty, expressive, sometimes melancholy, sometimes full of high spirits, they sound like a combination of high-end salon music with aria-like melodies and Paganini caprices - plenty to enjoy even if you're not a violinist. Gilles Colliard, Pierre Franck (violins). 1999 release.