A Tribute To Ralph Holmes

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A Tribute To Ralph Holmes



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28th Nov 2011




69 minutes


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A Tribute To Ralph Holmes


Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117


Violin Sonata No. 3 (1927)


Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'


Cinq Melodies No. 4 'Lullaby'

Ralph Holmes (violin) & Peter Dickinson (piano)



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Ralph Holmes was one of the leading violinists of his generation. This release aims to supplement the small Holmes repertoire on CD and catch him at the height of his powers. With the exception of the Bartok (which appears here courtesy of Decca), the performances were made for the BBC in the 1980s and are previously unpublished, displaying Holmes’ versatility as an artist.

Beethoven: Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 24 'The Spring'


Adagio molto espressivo

Scherzo: Allegro molto

Rondo: Allegro non troppo

Bartok: Bartok Sonata for Solo Violin (1944)

Tempo di ciaccona




Bax: Bax Sonata No. 3 in G minor for Violin and Piano (1927)


Allegro molto

Delius: Delius Lullaby for a Modern Baby (1922-3): Lullaby for a Modern Baby

Delius Lullaby for a Modern Baby (1922-3): Lullaby for a Modern Baby

Sunday Times

19th February 2012

“These previously unreleased BBC recordings and a CD transfer remind us of an illustrious British violinist who died tragically young (1937-84). The account of Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata, Op 24 in F, has a brilliant, soaring freshness...the interpretative intensity [in the Bartok] is powerful.”

Classical Music

11th February 2012


“This is not the way Beethoven's Spring Sonata is played today. The portamento displayed in this BBC Radio Stoke recording of 1981 performance may horrify some, but the warmth of sound and acute phrasing must delight...A joy for nostalgists.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2012

“Aided by the crisp playing of Peter Dickinson, he gives a winningly fresh account of Beethoven's Spring Sonata, with a slow movement movingly delivered in hushed tension, a beautifully sprung account of the brief Scherzo and free-flowing accounts of the outer movements...Holmes plays [the Bartok] with seeming ease...every note is crystal clear, making evident Bartok's mastery...Altogether, a splendid tribute to Holmes.”

International Record Review

November 2014

“their performance is a zestful and dazzling rediscovery of a familiar masterpiece … enchantingly done.”

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