Britten: Reflections

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Britten: Reflections


BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - February 2014



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4th Nov 2013




66 minutes


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Britten: Reflections


There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook

arr. Britten


Suite Op. 6


Elegy for unaccompanied viola

Two Pieces

World Première Recording


World Première Recording

Valse in B major

World Première Recording

Lachrymae for viola & piano, Op. 48

Matthew Jones (violin and viola) & Annabel Thwaite (piano)



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Benjamin Britten was a viola player as well as a pianist and wrote a significant body of chamber music for stringed instruments. The works on this recording – which contains important world première recordings – were written between 1925 and 1937, with the exception of the masterpiece for viola, Lachrymae. Each reveals some characteristic aspect of Britten’s voice, from the variety and wit of the Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6 to the little-known but absorbingly imaginative Reveille and the remarkably assured 1930 Elegy, written when he was just seventeen.

Benjamin Britten: Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6

I. Introduction: Andante maestoso

II. March: Allegro alla marcia

III. Moto perpetuo: Allegro molto e con fuoco

IV. Lullaby: Lento tranquillo

V. Waltz: Alla valse, vivace e rubato

Benjamin Britten: Reflection


Benjamin Britten: Reveille


Benjamin Britten: Elegy


Benjamin Britten: 2 Pieces

No. 1. The Moon

No. 2. Going Down Hill on a Bicycle (A Boy's Song)

Benjamin Britten: Etude


Frank Bridge: There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook (arr. B. Britten for viola and piano)

There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook (arr. B. Britten for viola and piano)

Benjamin Britten: Valse in B Major

Valse in B Major

Benjamin Britten: Lachrymae, Op. 48, "Reflections on a Song of John Dowland"

Lachrymae, Op. 48, "Reflections on a Song of John Dowland"

BBC Music Magazine

February 2014


“There isn't a single dud item here...Jones's playing of both instruments enthrals. His viola tone is different from the turbocharged massiveness of many of today's soloists; instead he searches out the instrument's capacity for gentle light and shade.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2014

“Jones's performances here, well accompanied by Annabel Thwaite, are sometimes more expansive but have a sure feel for Britten's idiom. His playing of the Suite for violin and piano, Op. 6, is alive to its quick-fire kaleidoscope of styles...It is good of Naxos to give us Britten's solo violin and viola repertoire so neatly packaged.”

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