English Music for Viola and Piano

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English Music for Viola and Piano



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2nd July 2012




75 minutes


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English Music for Viola and Piano

Bainton, E:

Sonata for Viola and Piano

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Sonata in F major for Viola and Piano 'Colleen'


Piece for Viola

World Première CD Recording

Holland, T:

Suite in D for Viola and Piano

Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) & Christian Wilson (piano)



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The four English composers represented on this disc were all born within a generation, and were inspired by the pioneering violist Lionel Tertis. Bainton’s 1922 Viola Sonata veers restlessly between autumnal song and militaristic intensity, possibly influenced by his wartime experiences. Theodore Holland’s Suite in D is a theatrical, wide-ranging work full of ingenious themes, whilst York Bowen’s Piece for Viola is brief but ardent. Bantock’s Viola Sonata, by contrast, is a large-scale, powerful and rhapsodic statement full of profuse lyricism and romantic feeling.

Edgar Leslie Bainton: Viola Sonata

I. Allegro moderato

II. Allegretto con moto - Doppio movimento

III. Adagio non troppo, maestoso - Allegro con fuoco

Theodore Holland: Suite in D major

I. Allegro vigoroso

II. Romance: Andante mesto

III. Finale: Allegro vivace

York Bowen: Piece for Viola in E flat major

Piece for Viola in E flat major

Granville Bantock: Viola Sonata in F major, "Colleen"

I. Allegro con anima

II. Maestoso sostenuto, rubato

III. Vivace - Poco allegretto sostenuto

Gramophone Magazine

November 2012

“Sarah-Jane Bradley's viola has a singing quality beautifully suited to this essentially ruminative, lyrical repertoire and Christian Wilson's role as accompanist is most sensitively judged in allowing the plaintive viola to express its full range of plangent gestures.”

The Observer

12th August 2012

“No viola jokes, please – this is a seriously good recording. Sarah-Jane Bradley lends her lustrous tone and superb musicianship to works written by English composers all born within a generation of one another...Wilson's alert and sensitive pianism is particularly evident in Bantock's folk-themed Sonata in F. He and Bradley make a terrific partnership.”

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