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Works for Violin & Piano by Reynaldo Hahn & Karol Szymanowski / Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin; Huw Watkins, piano

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Sonata for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 9, M9
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Romance, for violin & piano in A major
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano in C major
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Nocturne for violin & piano
>Szymanowski, Karol : Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28
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Notes & Reviews:

Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist Huw Watkins continue their critically well-received duo partnership with a new recording of works by two fascinating, trailblazing early 20th c. composers from France and Poland respectively - Reynaldo Hahn and Karol Szymanowski. This is a second release from Waley-Cohen and Watkins on Signum, following last years 1917: Works for Violin & Piano by Elgar, Debussy, Respighi & Sibelius (SIGCD376): "Great playing from the very talented Tamsin Waley-Cohen. This really highlights the talent of the next generation of virtuosi." (Classic FM) "... a wonderfully subtle, introspective and touching performance." (The Guardian) Recommended Recording: The Strad.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2015
Tamsin Waley-Cohen is certainly not afraid to let her violin rasp dirtily... nonetheless, she also has a creamy lyricism, and she doesn't shy away from the occasional lilting portamento... it is the sheer melting beauty in the opening pages of the final movement that makes Hahn's sonata so affecting, especially with Waley-Cohen's hushed tone.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
Waley-Cohen produces a beautiful, soft, creamy tone in the lyrical passages, and throughout the recital we're treated to a remarkable palette of tone colours. Huw Watkins is able to match this range most effectively... this helps one realise that Hahn's music, which in a nondescript performance might emerge as typical light music, has in fact a particular distinction which is... well worth returning to.

The Observer, 20th September 2015
The album comprises a sonata each by Szymanowski, impassioned and romantic, and Hahn, subtly Gallic and lyrical, as well as shorter works, all played with verve and style.

The Strad, December 2015
Tamsin Waley-Cohen launches into Szymanowski's Sonata with gusto, her bow rasping on the string in the composer's passionate flights, her sound meltingly beautiful and fragile with graceful melodies. It is a fine performance ... Her playing is beguiling and understated, deftly shaping Hahn's sinuous lines ... the whole sonata is a wonderful demonstration of delicate, subtle expression.

MusicWeb International, November 2015
The finely recorded Sonata performances offer a rather poignant and reflective view of the music. The disc is certainly thought-provoking and therefore the opposite of received opinion in the repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK (04/01/2015-04/03/2015).



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>Szymanowski, Karol : Sonata for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 9, M9
  • Performers: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK (04/01/2015-04/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Romance, for violin & piano in A major
  • Performers: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK (04/01/2015-04/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano in C major
  • Performers: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK (04/01/2015-04/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Nocturne for violin & piano
  • Performers: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK (04/01/2015-04/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Szymanowski, Karol : Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28
  • Performers: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK (04/01/2015-04/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915