Onyx ON 4091
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 1; La Muse et le Poète* – Pavel Gomziakov, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Augustin Dumay and *Sachio Fujioka
This recording marks the debut of the distinguished violinist and conductor Augustin Dumay on ONYX. The popular First Cello Concerto by Saint-Saëns (with Pavel Gomziakov) is complemented by his superb but neglected First Symphony and the late and rarely performed concertante piece for violin, cello, and orchestra La Muse et le Poète. All the music here is tuneful, elegant, and stylish – with Saint-Saëns on his captivating top form.
"Augustin Dumay makes a convincing case for the First Symphony, and sympathetically supports Gomziakov’s lively account of the Cello Concerto, with some delicate poetry in the slow movement." ****
Christopher Dingle - BBC Music magazine - October 2012
"...He [Saint-Saëns] deploys the solo instruments with the panache and the wisdom that reliablyinformed his concertos, tapping their capacity both for elegiac lyricism and for romantic flourish, qualities that Augustin Dumay and Pavel Gomziakov interpret with finesse and flair ... Dumay, Gomziakov and the Japanese orchestra (conducted by Sachio Fujioka) eloquently make its case here as music of spirit and charm. Dumay turns conductor for the Cello Concerto ... there is plenty of personality to Gomziakov’s playing and the orchestra is deft and colourful. The First Symphony ... testifies to the teenage Saint-Saën’s precocious talents, here animatedly projected."
Geoffrey Norris - Gramophone magazine - September 2012
"Augustin Dumay is enjoying a distinguished career as a violinist and now a conductor. In the latter capacity he is here in charge of a remarkable Eastern orchestra, notable for its glowing tone and ability to produce subtle dynamics, in particular the softest of pianissimos... I find the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra something of a revelation and its tone is very European. The realistic recording provides a comfortable, warm tone to enhance the dreaminess of La Muse and the power of the Symphony while also achieving an ideal balance in respect of the soloists."
Antony Hodgson - ClassicalSource.com - 12 June 2012