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CHAUSSON, RAVEL, ENESCU // Les Dissonances

David Grimal, Les Dissonances,

George Enescu was undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary musicians I have met in my life, along with Béla Bartók.

‘These words were spoken by Lord Yehudi Menuhin outside his cabin door on the Mermoz when I met him more than twenty- five years ago. I remember that, at the mention of George Enescu’s name, Menuhin seemed almost like the child prodigy he had been more than seventy years before. His eyes lit up with admiration and gratitude for the man who had been his mentor. For Enescu was like a shooting star, traversing the century in a constant voyage between his Romanian roots and France, his adopted country. A classmate of Ravel’s in the counterpoint class at the Paris Conservatoire and an ardent advocate of Chausson’s Poème, Enescu is the very symbol of the musician as humanist.’ – David Grimal


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The Caprice roumain, completed by Cornel Tåranu, is probably his least-known masterpiece, a work unique in the history of the violin concerto. On this disc, it is flanked by Ravel’s Tzigane and Chausson’s Poème, providing a rounded portrait of the close cultural relationship between France and Romania.


Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)


  • Poem for violin and orchestra op.25 15’23


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)


  • Tzigane, Concert Rhapsody for violin and orchestra 10’09


George Enescu (1881-1955) – Romanian Caprice for violin and orchestra


  • Ben moderato 13’21
  • Tempo di Hora 4’07
  • Lento 6’15
  • Allegro molto 4’47


‘One realises, listening to David Grimal, that a large part of the beauty of his musical gesture comes from a unique ability to question his art.’ ARTE

David Grimal is a musician who enjoys an international reputation for the originality of his musical career. In his tireless quest to reflect on the role of his art in society, he juxtaposes perspectives in order to make music differently by reinventing the sense of the collective.

He is invited to perform with the leading conductors and the most prestigious orchestras in the world’s foremost venues.
David Grimal is the creator of ‘Les Dissonances’, the only symphony orchestra in the world that regularly plays the standard repertory without a conductor.

As an artistic director, he has developed the concept ‘Let’s play together!’ based on his experience with Les Dissonances. David Grimal rehearses the entire concert programme with the musicians in order to prepare them to play without a conductor at the concert. He then shares the platform with them by performing a concerto.

He is a sought-after pedagogue, and currently teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Saarbrücken, where he also develops conductorless projects with the student orchestra.

David Grimal is regularly invited to sit on the juries of international competitions and gives masterclasses all over the world.

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