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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
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.”
“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.”
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