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