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Dawn and Twilight - The First (1910) and Last (1956) Violin Sonatas of Cyril Scott / Andrew Kirkman, violin; Clipper Erickson, piano

Album Summary

>Scott, Cyril : Sonata for violin & piano no 1, Op. 59
>Scott, Cyril : Sonata for violin & piano no 4
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Notes & Reviews:

By the end of his life in 1970, the British composer Cyril Scott had sunk into obscurity save for a few pieces that dangled tantalizingly on the fringes of classical repertory. The advent of the 21st century has ignited a rediscovery of this iconoclastic composer, and 'Dawn and Twilight' is a part of this movement premiering his first and last violin sonatas played with sensitivity and fantastic musical engagement with Andrew Kirkman on violin and Clipper Erickson on piano. Composed in 1910 and 1956 respectively, the sonatas permit a 'bookend' glimpse into Scott's musical development in the context of a classical music world almost completely transformed during this period. The first composed with a predictably youthful swagger premiered to accolades by Claude Debussy and Sonata Nr. 4 composed as Scott neared his eighth decade is permeated by the contemplative and mature perspectives of a lifetime of tenaciously prolific work despite the public acclaim that eluded him.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Cyril Scott (1879-1970), famous for the lovely Lotus Land, began his career as a symbolist. His Violin Sonata 1 of 1910, presented here in its original, unabridged version and about 40 minutes long, meanders endlessly like so much of the symbolist music of its time. I suppose pose the idea was that the journey was more important than arriving at the destination. His harmonies are subtle and sophisticated. Violin Sonata 4, written in 1956, shows a strong family resemblance to the earlier work. I like it better because I like firm structure. Andrew Kirkman is a workman violinist, and Clipper Erickson is a good pianist. I wish Kirkman's intonation were more precise. Good sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lutheran Church of God's Love, Newtown, PA (09/11/2013-09/14/2013).



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>Scott, Cyril : Sonata for violin & piano no 1, Op. 59
  • Performers: Clipper Erickson (Piano); Andrew Kirkman (Violin)
  • Notes: Lutheran Church of God's Love, Newtown, PA (09/11/2013-09/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Scott, Cyril : Sonata for violin & piano no 4
  • Performers: Clipper Erickson (Piano); Andrew Kirkman (Violin)
  • Notes: Lutheran Church of God's Love, Newtown, PA (09/11/2013-09/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1956