Alwyn - Chamber Music and Songs

Naxos: 8570340

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Alwyn - Chamber Music and Songs

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570340
(8.570340)

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd July 2007

Barcode:

0747313034079

Length:

70 minutes

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Alwyn - Chamber Music and Songs


Alwyn:

Rhapsody for Piano Quartet

Sonata Impromptu for Violin and Viola

Ballade for Viola and Piano

World Première Recording

Two Songs for Voice, Violin and Piano

World Première Recording

Three Songs to Words by Trevor Blakemore, for Voice and Piano

World Première Recording

Sonatina for Violin and Piano

World Première Recording

Three Winter Poems (1948)

Chaconne for Tom, for Treble Recorder and Piano

World Première Recording


Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Roger Chase (viola), Andrew Ball (piano), Lucy Wilding (cello), Jeremy Huw WiIliams (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano) & John Turner (treble recorder)

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William Alwyn: Rhapsody

Rhapsody

William Alwyn: Sonata impromptu

I. Prelude

II. Theme and Variations

III. Finale alla capriccio

William Alwyn: Ballade

Ballade

William Alwyn: Wood Magic

Wood Magic

Lament of the Tall Tree

William Alwyn: 3 Songs

No. 1. Nocturne

No. 2. Illumination

No. 3. Harvest

William Alwyn: Violin Sonatina

I. Allegro e grazioso

II. Adagio

III. Vivace

William Alwyn: 3 Winter Poems

No. 1. Winter Landscape

No. 2. Elegy, "Frozen Waters"

No. 3. Serenade, "Snow Shower"

William Alwyn: Chaconne for Tom

Chaconne for Tom

BBC Music Magazine

December 2007

****

“While there are no long-lost masterpieces here, the best of this music is more than attractive.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Having surveyed William Alwyn's orchestral output with such conspicuous success, Naxos now turns its attention to the chamber and vocal music. Just three of the eight items on this useful anthology have previously been recorded: the urgently expressive Rhapsody for piano quartet and strikingly resourceful SonataImpromptu for violin and viola were completed in 1939, the latter written for (and premiered by) Frederick Grinke and Watson Forbes, while the ravishing Three Winter Poems for string quartet date from early in 1948 and bear a dedication to Alwyn's teacher at the RAM, Sir John McEwen (who died that same year aged 80). All are well worth getting to know and display the fastidious craft and generosity of feeling that are characteristic of their creator.
Of the music new to the catalogue, the 1939 Ballade for viola and piano combines full-throated ardour and wistfulness in a manner which suggests a more than passing acquaintance with Bax's powerful Viola Sonata. The 1933 Sonatina for violin and piano wears a sunnier demeanour, and we're also treated to five exquisite settings of poetry by Trevor Blakemore (1879-1953) and the composer himself (Alwyn was an accomplished flautist and painter to boot). The disc concludes with the pithy (and witty) Chaconne for Tom (1982), part of an 80th-birthday tribute devised by recorder player John Turner for the Lancastrian composer Thomas Pitfield (1903-99).
Performances throughout reflect great credit on all concerned in their scrupulous preparation and unquenchable conviction. Sound and balance, too, give no real cause for complaint.
Alwyn's growing band of admirers needn't hold back.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2007

“Performances throughout reflect great credit on all concerned in their scrupulous preparation and unquenchable conviction. Sound and balance, too, give no real cause for complaint. Alwyn's growing band of admirers needn't hold back.”

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