A ‘Great’ Evening with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Violinist Augustin Dumay

A ‘Great’ Evening with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Violinist Augustin Dumay

Violinist Augustin Dumay provided real French flare and the HPO responded in kind in three late nineteenth-century works for violin and orchestra. Dumay was a child prodigy, whose talents were spotted and nurtured by Nathan Milstein, one of the great violinists of the twentieth century.… Read More >

A ‘Great’ Evening with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Violinist Augustin Dumay

Violinist Augustin Dumay provided real French flare and the HPO responded in kind in three late nineteenth-century works for violin and orchestra. Dumay was a child prodigy, whose talents were spotted and nurtured by Nathan Milstein, one of the great violinists of the twentieth century. His international career was launched by no less than the legendary conductor Herbert van Karajan. Ravel’s Tzigane opens with an extended solo for violin, which was the first opportunity to luxuriate in Dumay’s warm, burnished sound. The fantastic duet for solo violin and piccolo that is one of Tzigane’s most exciting passages was expertly dispatched. After Ravel’s gypsy-inspired music came Chausson’s elusive, emotive Poème. With each repetition of its evocative melody, Dumay displayed new facets of color and emotion in his playing. Together, Dumay and the HPO transported us into that ‘gentle dreaminess’, as Debussy described the work’s closing measures, which is a lovely place to be.
If most of the orchestra appeared to be young, many in the audience were actually children. Dumay could not have hoped for a more attentive audience than those young listeners, but even so they sat up straight and perked up their ears when he started to play the Méditation from Thaïs. Perhaps they know it from the soundtrack of the film Titanic, or maybe just instinctively responded to its intoxicating melody, but they liked what they heard. Throughout, Dumay was charm personified, and gracious in acknowledging the HPO’s excellent work; gallantly handing his bouquet of flowers to harpist Yinuo Yang, who had partnered with him so beautifully in the Ravel and Massenet.
Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard International, Jan. 2017

BARTÓK Violin Concerto no.2 Augustin Dumay violin, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano, conductor

BARTÓK Violin Concerto no.2
Augustin Dumay violin, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano, conductor

A monumental Montreal performance of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. Dumay’s mastery of a piece he obviously loves is evident throughout.Read More >

BARTÓK Violin Concerto no.2
Augustin Dumay violin, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano, conductor

A monumental Montreal performance of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. Dumay’s mastery of a piece he obviously loves is evident throughout.
The Strad, Carlos María Solare, June 2016

Die Schönheit des Tons geht mit der Radikalität des Werks eine faszinierende Synthese ein.
News Zeitschrift, Juni 2016

Somptueux : voilà le premier adjectif qui vient à l’esprit à l’écoute du dernier album d’Augustin Dumay. Ce concerto, l’un des grands classiques du XXe siècle, le violoniste français le marque de son empreinte: une étreignante nostalgie étayée par une palette de couleurs remarquablement restituée par la prise de son.
Classica, Jérémie Bigorie, juin 2016

I enjoyed [the Second Violin Concerto] enormously, principally because it harks back to the wholesomely romantic approaches of Stern with Bernstein and Menuhin with Dorati. […] Summing up, a worthy and often interesting supplement to my current top recommendations: Fischer or Kocsis in the Concerto for Orchestra and Kelemen with Kocsis in the Second Violin Concerto. I’ll certainly want to hang on to it.
Gramophone, Rob Cowan, June 2016

… une présence, une énergie, une autorité intacte dans la prise d’archet, l’articulation, les contrastes. Et un rubato subtil dans les enchaînements, une éloquence lyrique vibrante dans les passages élégiaques. […] Tout concourt à l’élaboration d’une interprétation à la fois spontanée et intense, qui épouse naturellement le rhapsodisme de ce chef-d’œuvre complexe.
Diapason, Rémi Louis, jui. 2016

Concert

Concert

Ottawa_contour… this was a masterful performance by two great artists at the summit of their technical and expressive powers. Their playing agreed in refinement and insight, and each was elevated by the magnificent generosity of the other  […] a memorable recital.… Read More >

Concert

Ottawa_contour… this was a masterful performance by two great artists at the summit of their technical and expressive powers. Their playing agreed in refinement and insight, and each was elevated by the magnificent generosity of the other  […] a memorable recital.
Ottawa Citizen, Natasha Gauthier, July 2015
Ottawa Chamberfest, Recital with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto, Symphony no.8 – BRAHMS String Sextet no.1 Augustin Dumay violin & conductor, Sinfonia Varsovia, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto, Symphony no.8 – BRAHMS String Sextet no.1
Augustin Dumay violin & conductor, Sinfonia Varsovia, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra

There’s no whiff of stale routine, and Dumay’s customarily stylish, raptly intense showing, to say nothing of his subtly variegated tonal palette, will enthral his many admirers.Read More >

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto, Symphony no.8 – BRAHMS String Sextet no.1
Augustin Dumay violin & conductor, Sinfonia Varsovia, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra

There’s no whiff of stale routine, and Dumay’s customarily stylish, raptly intense showing, to say nothing of his subtly variegated tonal palette, will enthral his many admirers. […] Dumay also impresses with the baton in a live account of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony. [In Brahms’ Sextet], nothing is forced in a memorably intuitive rendering.
Gramophone, Andrew Achenbach, June 2015

FRANCK & STRAUSS Violin Sonatas Augustin Dumay violin, Louis Lortie piano

FRANCK & STRAUSS Violin Sonatas
Augustin Dumay violin, Louis Lortie piano

Compelling playing form one of today’s great violinists … this outstanding disc is a timely reminder of one of the modern violin greats.
The Strad, Julian Haylock, May 2013

Dumay’s sound is just to die for quite frankly.Read More >

FRANCK & STRAUSS Violin Sonatas
Augustin Dumay violin, Louis Lortie piano

Compelling playing form one of today’s great violinists … this outstanding disc is a timely reminder of one of the modern violin greats.
The Strad, Julian Haylock, May 2013

Dumay’s sound is just to die for quite frankly. […] Just gorgeous […] an impressive partnership.
BBC 3 radio, CD Review, Andrew McGregor & Harriet Smith, Mar. 2013

… everything Lortie and Dumay do sounds exactly right. It is as if they are thinking and breathing in exact unison. […] The album is such a treat from beginning to end.
Musical Toronto, John Terauds, Feb. 2013

Concert

Concert

… cette édition anniversaire fut marquée par un moment de grâce absolu, comme on se dit que cela n’existe plus au concert : la soirée que donna l’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie dirigé par Augustin Dumay avec Maria Joao Pires en soliste.… Read More >

Concert

… cette édition anniversaire fut marquée par un moment de grâce absolu, comme on se dit que cela n’existe plus au concert : la soirée que donna l’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie dirigé par Augustin Dumay avec Maria Joao Pires en soliste. Programme Mozart avec le Concerto pour violon n°5 en ouverture – Dumay sublime de liberté et de poésie, l’orchestre précis et enthousiaste…
La lettre du Musicien, Olivier Duchesne, sep. 2010
Festival de la Roque-d’Anthéron / Augustin Dumay violon & direction,
Maria Joao Pires piano, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie

Dumay is among the most elegant of stylists, and [in Franck’s sonata] his performance mined a seam of sensuousness in the work that we don’t always hear. The end of the second movement was a technical tour de force for both of them [Lortie and Dumay].
The Guardian, Tim Ashley, May 2010
London, Queen Elizabeth Hall / Franck, Chausson, Ravel
Augustin Dumay violin, Louis Lortie piano, Quatuor Ebène

MOZART Concertos nos.3, 4 & 5 Augustin Dumay violin & conductor, Camerata Academica Salzburg

MOZART Concertos nos.3, 4 & 5
Augustin Dumay violin & conductor, Camerata Academica Salzburg

These fresh and invigorating performances of Mozart’s three finest concertos for the violin are amongst the best on disc since the classic Arthur Grumiaux-Colin Davis set of 1960s.Read More >

MOZART Concertos nos.3, 4 & 5
Augustin Dumay violin & conductor, Camerata Academica Salzburg

These fresh and invigorating performances of Mozart’s three finest concertos for the violin are amongst the best on disc since the classic Arthur Grumiaux-Colin Davis set of 1960s.
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning

Dumay’s performances are easily as fine as Grumiaux’s in their eloquence, vivacity and exquisite purity of tone.
BBC Music Magazine, Catherine Nelson

Dumay is essentially a dreamer, a fantasist extraordinaire. […] without exaggeration one of the finest Mozart violin concerto discs ever made.
Classic CD, Julian Haylock

High-fibre, robustly articulated orchestral playing acts as a frame and foil for the imaginative richesse of Dumay’s own free and airy spirit. […] Dumay’s choice of tempos makes each slow movement appear to breathe the air of another planet.
Gramophone (Editor’s Choice), James Jolly

Dans le plein épanouissement de son art, la cinquantaine venue, Augustin Dumay nous livre ici un admirable disque dont il assume en complet maître d’œuvre (à la fois soliste et chef) toute l’émouvante beauté. […] Dieu que c’est beau ! On a quitté la terre ! […] Pour Augustin Dumay […] et la Camerata, c’est l’épanouissement total, le don du sang, la chaleur de la vie. Superbe !
Répertoire, Jean Hamon

BRAHMS Complete Chamber Music

BRAHMS Complete Chamber Music
Augustin Dumay violin, Maria João Pires Piano, Jian Wang cello, various artists

Violin Sonatas 1, 2 & 3; Piano Trios 1 & 2

Musique de chambre de Brahms : la quintessence
les interprètes du coffret […] nous proposent tous des exécutions de grande classe.Read More >

BRAHMS Complete Chamber Music
Augustin Dumay violin, Maria João Pires Piano, Jian Wang cello, various artists

Violin Sonatas 1, 2 & 3; Piano Trios 1 & 2

Musique de chambre de Brahms : la quintessence
les interprètes du coffret […] nous proposent tous des exécutions de grande classe. […] Les Sonates pour violon et piano nous sont offertes par Augustin Dumay et Maria João Pires, nettement supérieurs au duo Christian Ferras-Pierre Barbizet.
ResMusica, Michel Tibbaut, jan. 2013