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'British Violin Sonatas, Vol 2'

Magazine article Gramophone

'British Violin Sonatas, Vol 2'

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'British Violin Sonatas, Vol 2'

Bliss Violin Sonata, F192 Bridge Violin Sonata, H39 Ireland Violin Sonata No 1W Lloyd Webber The Gardens at Eastwell Vaughan Williams Two Pieces Tasmin Little vn Piers Lane pf Chandos (F) CHAN10899 (66' * DDD)

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Reading Tasmin Little's account of how the programme of this CD came into being, it is interesting to note that it was William Lloyd Webber's last completed composition, The Gardens of Eastwell (subtitled 'A Late Summer Impression'), written in c1980, that was the determining factor. Recorded in its definitive version for the first time, it is a charming, indeed haunting miniature, which sticks in the mind.

While this piece dates from the very end of the composer's life, the other works essentially date from the first phases of their authors' maturity. From this standpoint, the earliest is the surviving movement of Bliss's Sonata in F, composed sometime between 1914 and 1916 before he was wounded in the Battle of the Somme. As in the early String Quartet in A (1914), there is much evidence of Bliss still coming to terms with a late-Romantic technical apparatus (perhaps a little redolent of his hero, Elgar), very different from the more neo-classical works he adopted directly after the war. …

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