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Edward Elgar: Violin Sonata, Op. 82; Philip Sawyers: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 (1969) & 2 (2011) / Louisa Stonehill, violin; Nicholas Burns, piano

Audio Samples

>Sawyers, Phillip : Sonata no 1 for violin & piano
>Sawyers, Phillip : Sonata no 2 for violin & piano
>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82

Album Summary

>Sawyers, Phillip : Sonata no 1 for violin & piano
>Sawyers, Phillip : Sonata no 2 for violin & piano
>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

If at first glance the pairing of Sawyers with Elgar seems strange, it is worth considering the similar musical environment in which all three works were written. Both composers were compelled to write in their own very individual style, which proved unfashionable within musical circles for some of their career. Indeed, much of Sawyers' output was initially dismissed for failing to embrace the more esoteric, experimental, and avant-garde techniques embraced by many of his contemporaries, but he was always compelled to write music that he "could hear," with every note serving an expressive purpose. Similarly, by 1918 Elgar had become dejected with the modernist trends already gaining momentum in Europe and would write very little for the final 20 years of his life. For Sawyers, a busy professional life as a violinist in the Royal Opera House Orchestra left a 20-year hiatus in his output, and this disc marks the first commercial release of his chamber music.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
Firmly tonal, with violin-writing that similarly reveals Sawyers's gift for exploiting the full expressive and technical range of the violin...it is good to welcome two works to the repertory that deserve to be widely performed.

MusicWeb International, 7th November 2013
It is refreshing to hear some respectable, honest, down-to-earth serial music that delights in a subtle balance between dissonance and consonance, controlled structure and moments of sheer inspiration...Taken as a whole, this CD is an excellent addition to the violin sonata repertoire.

MusicWeb International, 7th October 2013
The biggest success is Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol...Mehta leads a buoyant tour through the work's charms, and the result is a very sunny performance...Brahms' first symphony comes off reasonably well too. The tormented passages of the first movement are attacked with a strong bite.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Film & Media/Music Programs at The Banff Centre, Banff, (01/2013).



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Works Details

>Sawyers, Phillip : Sonata no 1 for violin & piano
  • Performers: Louisa Stonehill (Violin); Nicholas Burns (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Steinberg Duo
  • Running Time: 13 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969

>Sawyers, Phillip : Sonata no 2 for violin & piano
  • Performers: Nicholas Burns (Piano); Louisa Stonehill (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Steinberg Duo
  • Running Time: 21 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82
  • Performers: Nicholas Burns (Piano); Louisa Stonehill (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Steinberg Duo
  • Running Time: 26 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918