British Violin Sonatas, Vol. 1 - works by Ferguson, Walton & Britten / Tasmin Little, violin; Piers Lane, piano

Album Summary

>Ferguson, Howard : Sonata for violin & piano, no 2, Op. 10
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6
>Walton, William : Sonata for Violin & Piano
>Walton, William : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Enjoying a flourishing career that has taken her to every continent and major orchestra around the world, violinist and exclusive Chandos artist, Tasmin Little continues to champion seldom-performed repertoire. This disc marks the beginning of her new survey of British violin sonatas with pianist Piers Lane.

Sunday Times, 9th June 2013
There are actually two sonatas here, and a suite: Britten's Op 6, a brilliant early essay, satiric yet searingly lyrical - stylistic extremes well met by Little.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The relative unknown here is Belfast native Howard Ferguson (1908-99). He wrote his Violin Sonata 2 in 1946. It belongs to the more mainstream neoclassical type of modernism. Benjamin Britten's Suite is an early work from 1934-35. This is the original version that retains the Moto Perpetuo movement. William Walton's Violin Sonata was written in 1947-48 for Yehudi Menuhin. The Violin Concerto is far superior, with memorable themes, especially the opening of I. Tasmin Little plays a violin made by G.B. Guadagnini in Milan in 1757.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/13/2012-12/15/2012).



Reviews

Off to a great start
Tasmin Little's off to a great start with her survey of British violin sonatas. Volume One features Howard Ferguson's quintessentially British Violin Sonata No. 2, Benjamin Britten's cosmopolitan Suite for Violin and Piano, and three works by William Walton that fall stylistically somewhere between. Tasmin Little plays them all with an expressive yet precise manner, letting the merits of the compositions speak for themselves.

Howard Ferguson was a somewhat conservative composer, writing in the English pastoral style after it had passed out of favor. His Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 10 is an elegantly crafted piece of music, sounding akin to Vaughan Williams' early string works.

The Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6 is an early work by Benjamin Britten. Written two years before his Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, the suite shares the same sophisticated musical language. The angular melodic leaps, complex harmonies and sometimes frantic energy give the suite an international flavor.

William Walton's 1947 Sonata for Violin and Piano begins lyrically, seeming at times to look back to the English pastoral school that Ferguson never left. In the second movement, Walton shows he was quite familiar with atonality and serialism -- even if he didn't fully embrace them. Two short violin pieces by Walton round out the album, each a delightful vignette.

While each of the three major works has its own character, they compliment each other with their differences, and make a coherent program with their similarities. The result is a listening experience that is a pleasure from first to last. I look forward to volume two!
Submitted on 07/29/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Ferguson, Howard : Sonata for violin & piano, no 2, Op. 10
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/13/2012-12/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/13/2012-12/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Walton, William : Sonata for Violin & Piano
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/13/2012-12/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947-1949

>Walton, William : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/13/2012-12/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948-1950