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1917: Works for Violin & Piano by Elgar, Respighi, Sibelius, Debussy / Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin; Huw Watkins, piano

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
>Respighi, Ottorino : Sonata for violin & piano, in B minor, P. 110
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 81
>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82
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Notes & Reviews:

Rising-star violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist composer Huw Watkins present a diverse program of duo chamber works written as war was WWI was raging in Europe. - None of these four contrasting works specifically attempt to conjure up images of the conflict or memorialize it. Rather, these works are all conceived as absolute music, albeit, in the case of the Elgar and Debussy sonatas, imbued with a melancholy regret that may have been a reflection of those tragic four years.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2014
Waley-Cohen is much more than professional. The Elgar and Debussy in particular give plenty of evidence that she and her equally impressive partner, Huw Watkins, have thought hard about these works...And the recordings serve both players - individually and as a duo - very well.

The Guardian, 12th June 2014
Respighi's expansive sonata [is] full of rhapsodic violin lines and grandly rhetorical piano writing. Waley-Cohen and Watkins clearly relish all that, but they seem more at home in the Debussy and Elgar works...The former is given a wonderfully subtle, introspective and touching performance; the latter is by turns typically bluff and elegiac.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (11/25/2013-11/27/2013).



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>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
  • Performers: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (11/25/2013-11/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Respighi, Ottorino : Sonata for violin & piano, in B minor, P. 110
  • Performers: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (11/25/2013-11/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 81
  • Performers: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (11/25/2013-11/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1918

>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82
  • Performers: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (11/25/2013-11/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918