Magazine article Gramophone

'Bach 2 the Future, Vol 2'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Bach 2 the Future, Vol 2'

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'Bach 2 the Future, Vol 2' [G]

JS Bach Solo Violin Sonata No 3, BWV1005

Beamish Intrada e Fuga Maxwell Davies

Sonatina for Violin Alone, Op 334 Sibelius

En glad musikant Stravinsky Elegie Sutton

Arpeggiare Variations Ysaye Solo Violin Sonata,

'Ballade', Op 27 No 3

Fenella Humphreys vn

Champs Hill (F) CHRCD118 (72' * DDD)

It's not often that you can say that a commission, or set of commissions, fills a genuine hole in the repertoire. However, that's precisely what Fenella Humphreys has bestowed upon the musical world with 'Bach 2 the Future'.

The story goes that, having decided to take on the Bach Solo Sonata and Partita movements she'd previously shied away from, Humphreys found there to be comparatively little unaccompanied violin music to programme alongside them. Or, more specifically, very little British solo violin music. So she commissioned six new works from Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gordon Cross, Piers Hellawell, Adrian Sutton, Sally Beamish and Peter Maxwell Davies, all of which were to use the Bach as their inspirational starting points. As a result, although Hilary Hahn recently commissioned 27 unaccompanied violin works for her own 'Encores' project, Humphreys's commissions are excitingly fresh with their all-British focus. …

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