Holbrooke: Violin Concerto ‘The Grasshopper’

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Holbrooke: Violin Concerto ‘The Grasshopper’



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1st Aug 2011




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Holbrooke: Violin Concerto ‘The Grasshopper’

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Violin Sonata No. 1 (‘Sonatina’), Op. 6a

Horn Trio in D (original version), Op. 28

Violin Concerto ‘The Grasshopper’ (Violin Sonata No. 2), Op. 59

Mezzo-Tints, Op. 55 No. 2: L’Extase

Kerenza Peacock (violin), Mark Smith (horn) & Robert Stevenson (piano)



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Joseph Holbrooke is a fascinating and important figure in British music, and this is the first Naxos recording of his music.

His Violin Sonata No. 1 – also called a Sonatina – is a bright, engaging and light-hearted work that owes something to his interest in popular song. His Violin Concerto, subtitled ‘The Grasshopper’, was published in full score and in two versions for violin and piano – including a ‘sonata’ version with a somewhat technically less demanding final movement. In this recording we present the original ‘concerto’ version. The Horn Trio took Brahms’s similar trio as a precedent, and is a work of great dignity and melodic appeal.

Joseph Holbrooke: Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 6a, "Sonatina"

I. Allegro: Marcato e moderato

II. Nocturne: Adagio e molto espressivo

III. Scherzo: Presto ma non troppo

IV. Rondo: Allegro con moto

Joseph Holbrooke: Horn Trio in D major, Op. 28 (original version)

I. Larghetto sostenuto - Allegro con brio

II. Adagio ma non troppo

III. Molto vivace

Joseph Holbrooke: Violin Concerto in F major, Op. 59, "The Grasshopper" (version for violin and piano as Violin Sonata No. 2)

I. Allegro con molto fuoco

II. Adagio non troppo con molto espressione

III. Maestoso - Vivace giocoso

Joseph Holbrooke: Mezzo-Tints, Op. 55: No. 2. L'Extase (version for violin and piano)

Mezzo-Tints, Op. 55: No. 2. L'Extase (version for violin and piano)

Gramophone Magazine

November 2011

“All the performances are of a high standard, often brilliant and imaginative, and I was particularly impressed with Kerenza Peacock's lithe, elegant violin-playing and her easy conquest of the virtuoso demands of The Grasshopper”

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