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John Ireland: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

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>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in D minor
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in A minor
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor

Album Summary

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in D minor
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in A minor
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor
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Notes & Reviews:

John Ireland's violin sonatas gained extraordinarily positive reviews when they were premiered. The Star praised the 'delicacy, lucidity, and tonal charm' of the First Violin Sonata, the most genial and optimistic of the three sonatas recorded here, while The Musical Times regarded the Second Violin Sonata, which captures both the anguish and pity of World War I, as 'a brilliant specimen of his powers'. Ireland's Cello Sonata is one of his most profoundly expressive pieces, filled with emotional intensity and passionate lyricism.

"Lucy Gould and Benjamin Frith play this music spectacularly...The violin sonatas...I want to hear again and again."-American Record Guide

"Anyone who instinctively shies away from John Ireland's languid late romanticism might be persuaded of a more muscular side to his musical personality by these two violin sonatas, excellently played here." -The Independent

"In the first, D minor violin sonata...it's the slow movement - with a main idea whose falling motif is more than distantly reminiscent of the theme of Elgar's Enigma Variations - that packs an emotional punch. All three performances certainly extract as much musical juice out of the pieces as they can." -The Guardian ***

"...there's no gentility or emotional holding-back about these performances [of the Violin Sonatas] - the works are presented as big-boned, rough-hewn almost, in the Brahmsian tradition but infused with urgent contemporary feeling...Alice Neary's account of the later, more compact but equally heartfelt Cello Sonata is similarly powerful." -BBC Music Magazine *****

"Gould and Frith have the easy, genial, improvisatory nature of the First Violin Sonata nailed. Their tone in the tragedy-edged Second has just the right contrast...Neary plays [the Cello Sonata] with sure-fingered technique and sonorous tone, her interpretation awash with intense love, longing and frustration." -Classic FM Magazine ****

"With well balanced sound the disc makes a welcome addition to Naxos's growing library of British chamber works from a period too often neglected." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Champs Hill, West Sussex, England (10/19/2009-10/21/2009).



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>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in D minor
  • Performers: Lucy Gould (Violin); Benjamin Frith (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, West Sussex, England (10/19/2009-10/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1944

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in A minor
  • Performers: Lucy Gould (Violin); Benjamin Frith (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, West Sussex, England (10/19/2009-10/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1917

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor
  • Performers: Alice Neary (Cello); Benjamin Frith (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, West Sussex, England (10/19/2009-10/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923