Alwyn: Chamber Music

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Alwyn: Chamber Music



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26th July 2010




75 minutes


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Alwyn: Chamber Music


Clarinet Sonata

Sonata for Oboe and Piano

Viola Sonatina

World Première Recording

Suite for Oboe and Harp

String Trio


Sarah-Jane Bradley, (viola), Lucy Gould (violin), Robert Plane (clarinet) Sophia Rahman (piano), Sarah Francis (oboe) & Lucy Wakeford (harp)

Hermitage String Trio



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Among British composer William Alwyn’s large body of work, including five symphonies, concertos for flute, oboe, violin, harp, piano, and many shorter orchestral works, there is a significant amount of chamber and instrumental music.

This disc presents six works which were composed between 1934 and 1962.

During this time, Alwyn’s style developed from the easy flowing melodies exemplified in the Oboe Sonata, Viola Sonatina (here receiving its world première recording), and Suite for Oboe and Harp to the more astringent and darker language of the Clarinet Sonata and String Trio.

Conversations, originally named Music for Three Players, comprises eight short descriptive pieces.

“Naxos continues to champion Alwyn for a burgeoning band of devotees” Gramophone

William Alwyn: Clarinet Sonata

Clarinet Sonata

William Alwyn: Oboe Sonata

I. Moderato e grazioso

II. Andantino

III. Allegro (quasi valse tempo)

William Alwyn: Viola Sonatina

I. Prelude: Lento e rubato

II. Dance: Allegretto

III. Aria: Andante piacevole

IV. Finale: Allegro moderato e deciso

William Alwyn: Suite for Oboe and Harp

I. Minuet: Moderato

II. Valse Miniature: Allegro grazioso

III. Jig: Allegro molto

William Alwyn: String Trio

I. Allegro molto - Meno mosso - Allegro molto - Adagio

II. Molto vivace

III. Andante - Poco piu mosso

IV. Allegro ma non troppo - Poco piu mosso - Meno mosso, grazioso - Piu mosso - Meno mosso - Molto meno mosso - Andante espressivo

William Alwyn: Conversations

I. Prelude: Moderato a calmato

II. Romanza: Andante e tranquillo

III. Chorale: Broad and expressive but with movement

IV. Fughetta: Allegro moderato e molto ritmico

V. Arioso: Con moto e placido

VI. Carillon: Allegro commodo

VII. Intermezzo: Slow and clear

VIII. Capriccio: Allegro molto (quasi presto volante)

The Observer

1st August 2010

“ interesting glimpse into William Alwyn's development from the sweet melodist of the 1930s to the bleaker, angrier man of the 1960s.”

Financial Times

7th August 2010


“Alwyn’s chamber music bristles with piquant ideas. Every phrase has a spark, challenging its interpreters musically and technically while giving the listener a feast of gently angular’s the mercurial String Trio, in a performance of extraordinary vivacity and conviction from the Hermitage String Trio, that impresses most.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2010


“Performances and recording both excel, with Sarah-Jane Bradley's viola-playing outstanding and Sophia Rahman's accompaniments a model of supportive expertise throughout.”

Classic FM Magazine

November 2010


“The Conversations of the 1950s (a suite of eight short pieces) for clarinet, violin and piano is a particular favourite, especially as Robert Plane, Lucy Gould and Sophia Rahman play with such rapt sensitivity and allure. Sarah Francis is beguiling as ever in the enchanting Oboe and Harp Suite”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2010

“This collection of six works for various combinations reveals William Alwyn at his most impressive, always thoughtful in finely crafted works...Altogether a fine survey, splendidly played and recorded.”

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