Renaud Capucon gives a muscular performance of Saint-Saens' Third Violin Concerto, with a marvellous opening paragraph punctuated by ear-catching woodwind chords. At same time he finds great delicacy in the slow movement, so blooming in its lyricism, or the chorale of the third. He never plays up anything flashy, for instance the rising arpeggio in the cadenza at the beginning of the 3rd movement is played down, although the rondo theme does have an electrifying tonal gleam, and the second subject melts, again with some memorable interplay with the woodwind. Near the end the brass sound very centred and noble against the keening violin that takes up the second part of the chorale at its second appearance. The performance has just the right ebullience with a sense of style that shows the composer in the best light. His brother Gautier matches this in the earlier Cello Concerto no. 1, which his poignant tone reveals to have deep songfulness even at a brisk basic tempo, while the best comes between the two: a totally involving performance of the rare La Muse et le poete. It's an unsung masterpiece that begins reflectively but builds to some moments of superb intensity via some harmonic changes of utter delight. Passionate outbursts with trills and high writing in double stops and octaves make for a thrilling last third. It's not so different from Brahms' Double Concerto in mood, with a certain cushioned richness in the tone, but only 16'36" in length. The orchestral sound has a certain space around it which gives the works an air of real mastery and a spiritual dimension as though they came from Beethoven's pen. Conductor Lionel Bringuier shapes this brilliantly. I'm not sure I like the cover too much; it strikes me as quirky and Saint-Saens surely deserves something less whimsical than this. A concert photo of the brothers together would have done much better.