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Britten: Bridge: 'Reflections'

Magazine article Gramophone

Britten: Bridge: 'Reflections'

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Britten * Bridge

'Reflections'

Bridge There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook (arr Britten) (b) Britten Elegy (c). Etude (c). Lachrymae (b). Reflection (b). Reveille (a). Suite, Op 6 (a). Two Pieces (a). Valse (a) Matthew Jones (a) vn/(bc) va (ab) Annabel Thwaite pf

Naxos [S] 8 573136 (67' * DDD)

We can only speculate what might have been if Britten had met a violinist to inspire him at his peak. There is nothing in the works he left for solo violin to compare with the great cello masterpieces written for Rostropovich. In order to fill out this enterprising disc, Matthew Jones plays the works for both solo violin and viola, mostly early pieces without opus numbers, together with a handful of new finds from the composer's juvenilia. There are three first recordings--the somewhat naive Two Pieces for violin and piano (1931), the short but bracing Etude for solo viola (1929) and a Valse in B major for violin and piano (1925), which would later metamorphose into the 'Sentimental Saraband' in the Simple Symphony--a nice encore item. …

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