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L Berkeley: 'Complete Music for Violin and Piano, and Solo Violin'

Magazine article Gramophone

L Berkeley: 'Complete Music for Violin and Piano, and Solo Violin'

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L Berkeley

'Complete Music for Violin and Piano, and Solo Violin'

Violin Sonatas (a)--No 1; No 2, Op 1. Sonatina, Op 17 (a). Elegy, Op 33 No 1 (a). Toccata, Op 33 No 2 (a).

Introduction and Allegro, Op 24. Theme and Variations, Op 33 No 1

Edwin Paley vn (a) Arabella Teniswood-Harvey pf

Move (F) MD3361 (61' * DDD)

First recording for the early sonatas of Lennox Berkeley

Here are two largely forgotten British violin-and-piano sonatas on one CD. It is an amazing rescue operation, since Berkeley regularly dismissed his own early music: written in his later twenties, these works again prove him wrong.

The First Sonata (1931) was played prominently in Paris twice in May 1932. The Second was premiered in London in 1933, with Orrea Pemal and Kathleen Long, and heard in Paris a week later with Robert Soetens and Jacques Fevrier, when Le menestral praised its 'abundance and scope, both compelling and profound. A truly beautiful peroration crowns this passionate and strong work. …

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