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Arthur Benjamin: Violin Sonatina; Viola Sonata / Lawrence Power, violin & viola; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

Album Summary

>Benjamin, Arthur : Sonatina for violin & piano
>Benjamin, Arthur : Violin Pieces (3), for violin & piano
>Benjamin, Arthur : A Tune & Variations for Little People, for violin & piano
>Benjamin, Arthur : Le Tombeau de Ravel for clarinet & piano, "Valse-Caprices"
>Benjamin, Arthur : Sonata for Violin
>Benjamin, Arthur : From San Domingo
>Benjamin, Arthur : Jamaican Rumba
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Notes & Reviews:

Lawrence Power is Britain's greatest living viola player, the true successor to Lionel Tertis and William Primrose. Part of his mission is to perform and record music premiered by those masters of the previous century, including works by York Bowen, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Dale, William Walton and, here, Arthur Benjamin. Benjamin was one of the first Australian musicians to forge an international reputation. His creative output manifests a great variety of idioms and genres, and includes a good number of light-music miniatures, many of them infused with a jazz or Afro-Caribbean flavor. This album, which features Benjamin's Violin Sonatina and Viola Sonata, displays Power's remarkable prowess on both violin and viola.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The program concludes with two short, light pieces: 'From San Domingo' and 'Jamaican Rumba'. The first is just as striking as the Rumba. It begins with a rhythmic pattern beaten out on the top of the piano, and this appears again near the end. Again, dance rhythms predominate. In the first three works here Lawrence Power shows that he is as agile on the violin as he is on the viola. In fact, the sound he draws from his violin is so similar to the sound of his viola that at first I thought that he was playing viola! He and Simon Crawford-Phillips play with the high level of virtuosity and intensity of expression that I have come to expect from them.

Sunday Times, 25th May 2014
Power's viola sound has a notable seductiveness, a sort of electric sweetness, but his genius for phrasing is as effective in Benjamin's 1924 Violin Sonatina (more substantial than the title suggests) as in his searching 1942 Viola Sonata, the focus here.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
Whether playing his viola or violin, Lawrence Power is in total sympathy with Benjamin's shifting moods, and Simon Crawford-Phillips proves a lithe and responsive piano partner.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Although Lawrence Power is not quite as characterful or fine-grained a fiddler as he is a viola-player, there's precious little with which to take issue about his alert and sensitive advocacy. His interpretation of the tremendous Viola Sonata is truly magnificent, and he receives impeccable support throughout from Simon Crawford-Phillips.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/07/2012-12/09/2012).



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>Benjamin, Arthur : Sonatina for violin & piano
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Violin)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/07/2012-12/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Benjamin, Arthur : Violin Pieces (3), for violin & piano
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Violin)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/07/2012-12/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921-1925

>Benjamin, Arthur : A Tune & Variations for Little People, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Violin)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/07/2012-12/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Benjamin, Arthur : Le Tombeau de Ravel for clarinet & piano, "Valse-Caprices"
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/07/2012-12/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Benjamin, Arthur : Sonata for Violin
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/07/2012-12/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Benjamin, Arthur : From San Domingo
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/07/2012-12/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Benjamin, Arthur : Jamaican Rumba
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/07/2012-12/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938