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Arnold Cooke (1906-2005): Violin Sonata; Viola Sonata; Cello Sonata / Susanne Stanzeleit, violin; Morgan Goff, viola; Raphael Wallfisch, cello; Raphael Terroni, piano

Album Summary

>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for violin & piano no 2
>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for viola & piano
>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for cello & piano no 2
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Notes & Reviews:

When Arnold Cooke died in 2005 at the age of ninety-eight, he was the last survivor of a great generation of British composers that included Michael Tippett, Alan Rawsthorne and Constant Lambert. A distinguished student of Paul Hindemith in Berlin, he slowly established a national reputation in the 1930s, writing a series of significant Symphonies and other orchestral works. His chamber music, however, is no less important, and the three string sonatas on this recording reveal his approachable, idiomatic, and technically eloquent writing for all three instruments.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Hall of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Lo (2005-10-02&2005-10-09&2005-).



Reviews

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Arnold Cooke came to prominence in the 1930's, along with Michael Tippett and Benjamin Britten. This disc presents three string sonatas written at various points in his career. The earliest work on the album is his Viola Sonata from 1937. Although the work features warm, elegiac passages, it's a far cry from the viola music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, written around the same time. Cooke's harmonies are sparer, and each movement is tightly constructed to present his ideas as efficiently as possible.

The Violin Sonata No. 2 of 1951 shows little of the post-war modernist tendencies of the era. Cooke's work is tonally centered, even though both the violin and piano wander far from the source. The writing is even less "English" in sound than the viola sonata, though still quite melodious in its own way.

Cooke wrote his Cello Sonata No. 2 in 1980, towards the end of his life. To my ears, there's a nostalgic quality to the music. The harmonies are more settled, and the cello positively sings in some of the passages. Cooke wasn't afraid to write beautiful music, fashionable or not. And that's the best description I have for this work -- beautiful.

Three world premier recordings that are well worth the time spent listening to them. What else could one want from a release?
Submitted on 09/12/14 by RGraves321 
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>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for violin & piano no 2
  • Performers: Susanne Stanzeleit (Violin); Raphael Terroni (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Hall of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK (2005-10-02&2005-10-09&2005-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for viola & piano
  • Performers: Morgan Goff (Viola); Raphael Terroni (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Hall of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK (2005-10-02&2005-10-09&2005-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for cello & piano no 2
  • Performers: Raphael Terroni (Piano); Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Notes: Music Hall of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK (2005-10-02&2005-10-09&2005-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1980