English Music for Viola / Matthew Jones

Audio Samples

>Clarke, Rebecca : Sonata for viola & piano
>Walton, William : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
>Bridge, Frank : Pieces (4), for viola & piano
>Bax, Arnold : Legend, for viola & piano
>Bliss, Sir Arthur : Intermezzo, for piano, F. 139
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Romance for viola & piano
>Holland, Theodore : Suite in D for viola & piano

Album Summary

>Clarke, Rebecca : Sonata for viola & piano
>Walton, William : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
>Bridge, Frank : Pieces (4), for viola & piano
>Bax, Arnold : Legend, for viola & piano
>Bliss, Sir Arthur : Intermezzo, for piano, F. 139
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Romance for viola & piano
>Holland, Theodore : Suite in D for viola & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Naxos presents Michael Hampton, as he performs English music for the viola. The works featured on this recording include Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata, which ranks among her finest compositions, Frank Bridge's Four Pieces, and William Walton's Canzonetta and Scherzo. Matthew Jones has been hailed by The Strad magazine as 'a worthy successor to Lionel Tertis'. A major prize-winner from the Royal College of Music, Michael Hampton performs on major stages around the world.

"With Michael Hampton the sensitive accompanist, Matthew Jones give consistently fine performances, beautifully recorded." - Gramophone

American Record Guide
This is an exceptionally fine recording.



Reviews

Great renditions of Vla standards and new transcriptions alike.
Considering there is already a viola recording out there by the same title by Paul Coletti, I wasn't sure what to think of this upon first seeing it. However, most violists know that a great berth of music was produced for us by the English, so it's fitting that we now have something of a 'sequel' to Coletti's recording with Jones' release. We And it's a fine sequel! I love Jones' interpretation of the Clarke, which is probably the most recording piece on the album. He plays with a lovely, deep tone and lovely phrasing throughout. Michael Hampton also does a superb job on the piano, working together beautifully with Jones and matching his musicality. There are also several world premiere recordings of transcriptions, all of which work wonderfully on the viola. I'm particularly fond of the Bridge, but they are all fine peformances that would serve well as reference recordings for any students that are looking to perform some of these little-known works.
Submitted on 04/02/11 by KarolineBratsj 
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Works Details

>Clarke, Rebecca : Sonata for viola & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Jones (Viola); Michael Hampton (Piano)
  • Notes: The Great Hall, University of Reading, UK (02/25/2008-02/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Walton, William : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Jones (Viola); Michael Hampton (Piano)
  • Notes: The Great Hall, University of Reading, UK (02/25/2008-02/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948-1950

>Bridge, Frank : Pieces (4), for viola & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Jones (Viola); Michael Hampton (Piano)
  • Notes: The Great Hall, University of Reading, UK (02/25/2008-02/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bax, Arnold : Legend, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Jones (Viola); Michael Hampton (Piano)
  • Notes: The Great Hall, University of Reading, UK (02/25/2008-02/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Bliss, Sir Arthur : Intermezzo, for piano, F. 139
  • Performers: Michael Hampton (Piano); Matthew Jones (Viola)
  • Notes: The Great Hall, University of Reading, UK (02/25/2008-02/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Romance for viola & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Jones (Viola); Michael Hampton (Piano)
  • Notes: The Great Hall, University of Reading, UK (02/25/2008-02/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Holland, Theodore : Suite in D for viola & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Jones (Viola); Michael Hampton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern