English Viola Sonatas

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English Viola Sonatas



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1st March 2010




70 minutes


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English Viola Sonatas


Viola Sonata, Op. 17

Berkeley, L:

Viola Sonata, Op. 22


Cello Sonata

(trans. Martin Outram): world première recording


Cello Sonata

(trans. Lionel Tertis): world première recording

Jacob, G:

Viola Sonata

Martin Outram (viola) & Julian Rolton (piano)



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The viola repertoire grew hugely during the 20th century, due in no small part to the pioneering efforts of the great soloist Lionel Tertis, whose own performing part for his viola transcription of Ireland’s Cello Sonata was consulted for this recording.

The transcription of Delius’s masterful Cello Sonata was made by the present violist, Martin Outram.

Gordon Jacob’s special affection for the viola shines through in his melodious sonata, while Malcolm Arnold’s Viola Sonata is quirky and highly original, and Lennox Berkeley’s Viola Sonata achieves a brilliant and witty finale.

Gordon Jacob: Viola Sonata No. 2

I. Allegro moderato

II. Adagio

III. Allegretto grazioso

IV. Allegro ma non troppo

John Ireland: Cello Sonata (arr. L. Tertis)

I. Moderato e sostenuto

II. Poco largamente

III. Con moto e marcato

Malcolm Arnold: Viola Sonata, Op. 17

I. Andante

II. Allegretto grazioso

III. Presto feroce

Frederick Delius: Cello Sonata (arr. M. Outram for viola and piano)

Cello Sonata (arr. M. Outram for viola and piano)

Lennox Berkeley: Viola Sonata in D minor, Op. 22

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

BBC Music Magazine

May 2010


“Martin Outram has made his own transcription of Delius's Cello Sonata - music that adapts beautifully to the subtle range of light and shade he conjures from his instrument in every context...Julian Rolton, too, is an alert and excellent accompanist throughout.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2010

“there is everything in favour of this delightful selection...well worth investigating by anyone fond of English music of the inter-war years.”

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