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William Mathias: Violin Sonatas

> Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 15 - I. Molto vivace
> Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 15 - II. Lento, ma con moto
> Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 15 - III. Lento - Allegro ritmico
> Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 94 - I. Allegro robusto
> Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 94 - II. Vivace e ritmico
> Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 94 - III. Adagio sostenuto
> Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 94 - IV. Allegro molto vivace
> Violin Sonata (1952) - I. Impetuoso - Allegro preciso e agitato
> Violin Sonata (1952) - II. Andante quasi adagio
> Violin Sonata (1952) - III. Moderato piacevole - Con rigore e ben marcato

Album Summary

>Mathias, William : Sonata for violin & piano no 1, Op. 15
>Mathias, William : Sonata for violin & piano no 2, Op. 94
>Mathias, William : Sonata for violin & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

William Mathias's eloquent and accessible style comes to the fore in these premiere recordings of his music for violin and piano. His unpublished Violin Sonata is a highly original and ambitious work from his student days. The first violin sonata is a model of clarity and concision, while the second violin sonata is cast in four vividly contrasted and virtuosic movements. Sara Trickey, praised by the Strad for her "fiery and passionate" playing, joins Iwan Llewelyn-Jones for this recording.

MusicWeb International
Finally the performances of these three Sonatas are excellent. There is a commitment from Sara Trickey and Iwan Llewelyn-Jones that understands and presents Mathias's music in the best possible manner. This recording is likely to become definitive for many years to come.

Fanfare
... created a more vivid presence for Trickey and Llewelyn-Jones than Koch's did for violinist Michael Davis and pianist Nelson Harper, who included Mathias's two numbered violin sonatas in their collection of the composer's chamber works on 3-7326-2 H1 (Fanfare 20:3); in fact, Trickey's performances also seem closer up, magnifying the works' plentiful detail and making each of their many gestures with the boldness of a pugilist - and by comparison, some of Davis's expressivity seems relatively muted.

American Record Guide
The two mature violin sonatas date from 1962 and 1984. Both are marvelous works that instantly grab the listener with bold, memorable ideas charged with dramatic urgency and nervous excitement. These are nicely played off against slower lyrical ideas that shimmer with sensuous, evocative mystery. Sara Trickey and Iwan Llewelyn-Jones play Mathias with muscular precision and verve, and are captured in appropriately bright, ultra-clear sonics that put a dazzling shine on his ringing, iridescent harmonies. As a bonus they add the first-ever recording of an early violin sonata that dates from 1952 when Mathias was still a teenager. The composer considered it immature and rejected the idea of its publication. The style is (for Mathias) somewhat old-fashioned and romantic, and clearly indebted to Howells, Ireland, Bax, and Bridge; in addition there are a few iffy spots where one wonders if the structural proportions are in perfect balance. But still, this is a distinguished and considerable sonata (with a nifty fugue in the finale) that many a fully formed composer would be happy to acknowledge, and I've no doubt that many will admire and enjoy hearing it, as I did.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (08/18/2009-08/20/2009).



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>Mathias, William : Sonata for violin & piano no 1, Op. 15
  • Performers: Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (Piano); Sara Trickey (Violin)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (08/18/2009-08/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mathias, William : Sonata for violin & piano no 2, Op. 94
  • Performers: Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (Piano); Sara Trickey (Violin)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (08/18/2009-08/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mathias, William : Sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (Piano); Sara Trickey (Violin)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (08/18/2009-08/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1952