Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This is a marvelous recording. All of the music was written in the decade 1921-30, when the war was over. All show impressive aspects of their composers, and they are strong works, well worthy of more performances. At under four minutes Delius's three Preludes were written after most of his major works. They are impressionist in sound and travel a wide distance in their brief duration. The great third sonata by Sir Arnold Bax is a mighty achievement, and Martin's performance is a powerhouse of emotion. Vaughan Williams's 'Hymn Tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons' may be only seconds longer than the Delius, but it is strongly identifiable as coming from his pen. The Bridge sonata is a fine example of his radical later period. The sonata is an exciting example of his restless expressionism. Last on this fascinating program is Martin's own arrangement of Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile' from the 1936 silent film Modern Times. It is a pleasant tidbit. Michael Kennedy and Michael Quinn contribute outstanding notes to this absolutely must-have recording.
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