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William Mathias’s eloquent and accessible style comes to the fore in these première recordings of his music for violin and piano.
His unpublished Violin Sonata (1952) is a highly original and ambitious work from his student days. The First Violin Sonata is a model of clarity and concision, while the Second Violin Sonata, commissioned to celebrate the composer’s 50th birthday, is cast in four vividly contrasted – and virtuosic – movements.
Sara Trickey, praised by The Strad for her “fiery and passionate” playing, joins Iwan Llewelyn-Jones.
William Mathias: Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 15
I. Molto vivace
II. Lento, ma con moto
III. Lento - Allegro ritmico
William Mathias: Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 94
I. Allegro robusto
II. Vivace e ritmico
III. Adagio sostenuto
IV. Allegro molto vivace
William Mathias: Violin Sonata (1952)
I. Impetuoso - Allegro preciso e agitato
II. Andante quasi adagio
III. Moderato piacevole - Con rigore e ben marcato
“Though unequal in palces, there are numerous points where [the 1952 Sonata's] facility which point to the later concision of Mathias's mature voice...The Violin Sonata No. 1 of 1962 shows that the richer, post-romantic harmony of his unpublished earlier sonata was jettisoned in favour of a more rhythmically vital language...the larger, dynamic Violin Sonata No. 2...is a more concentrated work, more polarised in its rhetorical extremes”
30th June 2011
“They are vivid and compact, with sharp, clean outlines, and Sarah Trickey and pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones clearly revel in the idiomatic violin and piano writing.”