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Soli - Bartók: Sonata for solo violin; Penderecki's Cadenza; miniatures by Carter, György Kurtág and George Benjamin / Tamsin Waley-Cohen, solo violin

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
>Benjamin, George : Miniatures (3), for violin
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Cadenza, for viola solo
>Carter, Elliott : Four Lauds
>Kurtág, György : In Nomine - all'Ongherese, for violin (from Signs, Games and Messages)
>Kurtág, György : Postcard to Anna Keller, for violin (Signs, Games and Messages)
>Kurtág, György : Elakad= Szavak (Hommage A John Cage) (Molto Moderato)
>Kurtág, György : In Memoriam Tamás Blum (Calmo, Sereno) (Signs, Games and Messages)
>Kurtág, György : ...Féerie d'automne..., for violin (Signs, Games and Messages)
>Kurtág, György : Hommage à Johann Sebastian Bach, for flute
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, a violinist of 'fearless intensity' (The Guardian), explores post-1944 solo repertoire, pushing the instrument to its limits on Soli, her new release on Signum Classics. Bartók's Solo Sonata, an 'Everest' of the violin repertoire, sits at the heart of this recording which also includes Krzysztof Penderecki's Cadenza, and miniatures by Elliott Carter, György Kurtág and George Benjamin. Ms. Waley-Cohen's adventurous and varied career includes performances with the RPO, LPO and BBC orchestras, conductors Andrew Litton and Tamas Vasary, and an "Artist in Residence" association with Orchestra of the Swan.

Sunday Times, 24th May 2015
Seventy-seven minutes of unaccompanied violin, and strenuous modern repertory at that, may make this disc a daunting prospect, but Waley-Cohen's devotion to her cause is palpable, and her interpretative flair likewise.

Classical Music, June 2015
It's brave for a young artist to settle on a seemingly hard-core programme of solo repertoire, but it's a measure of Waley-Cohen's commitment and energy (not to mention prodigious technique) that it succeeds utterly.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
The programme provides a fascinating survey of solo violin music of the last 25 years and her playing, often forceful and uncompromising...carries real conviction. The more delicate pieces, for instance the lovely Benjamin 'Lauer Lied', are just as persuasive.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2015
The opening of the Bartok Sonata is powerful and arresting, and there's passion and musical imagination throughout, the fiendish multiple stops and alternations between bowed and plucked notes assured in tone and precise in intonation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014).



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>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Benjamin, George : Miniatures (3), for violin
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Cadenza, for viola solo
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Carter, Elliott : Four Lauds :: 1. Statement - Remembering Aaron
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Carter, Elliott : Four Lauds :: 3. Rhapsodic Musings
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kurtág, György : In Nomine - all'Ongherese, for violin (from Signs, Games and Messages)
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kurtág, György : Postcard to Anna Keller, for violin (Signs, Games and Messages)
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kurtág, György : Elakad= Szavak (Hommage A John Cage) (Molto Moderato)
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kurtág, György : In Memoriam Tamás Blum (Calmo, Sereno) (Signs, Games and Messages)
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kurtág, György : ...Féerie d'automne..., for violin (Signs, Games and Messages)
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2004

>Kurtág, György : Hommage à Johann Sebastian Bach, for flute
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern