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Bantock * Coke * C Scott: Bantock Violin Sonata No 3

Magazine article Gramophone

Bantock * Coke * C Scott: Bantock Violin Sonata No 3

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Bantock * Coke * C Scott

Bantock Violin Sonata No 3

Coke Violin Sonata No 1 C Scott Viola Sonata

Rupert Marshall-Luck vn/va Matthew Rickard pf

EM Records [F] EMRCD018 (75' * DDD)

The works on this disc have been shrewdly chosen. Granville Bantock wrote his Third Violin Sonata in 1940, when he had retired from his longtime role as professor of music in Birmingham, where he was long an important influence. This Violin Sonata suggests a composer relaxing in strong, positive writing, with clear-cut thematic material confidently developed. In the first of the three movements the violin is accompanied by florid piano-writing before the solemn meditation of the central slow movement, with the meandering violin line given a simple chordal accompaniment. The finale is in lighter vein in a sharply rhythmic compound time, ending gently with a flourish. Altogether a work well worth reviving.

So too is the Viola Sonata--played by the same performers--of Cyril Scott, a seriously neglected composer who richly deserves revival. Written late in his career in 1953, this work begins with a meditation in which Scott discreetly introduces the whole-tone scale that he inherited from Debussy. …

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