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1917: Works For Violin & Piano

Elgar / Respighi / Debussy / Sibelius
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 376   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyOttorino RespighiJean SibeliusSir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Tamsin Waley-CohenHuw Watkins
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rising-star violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is joined by the eminent pianist-composer Huw Watkins in a diverse programme of works that were all influenced in different ways by the era in which they were composed. The works were conceived at four very different points in the composer's lives - Debussy, at the end of his life, Respighi in the first flush of fame, Elgar, although not old, enjoying his last creative period, and Sibelius in his prime composing prolifically. These four contrasting works were all composed as the Great War drew to a close, but none of them specifically attempts to conjure up images of the conflict, nor act as any kind of programmatic memorial to its victims. Rather, these works are all conceived as absolute music, Read more albeit, in the case of the Elgar and Debussy sonatas, imbued with a melancholy regret that may have been a reflection of those tragic four years. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin), Huw Watkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
Venue:  St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, Engla 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin), Huw Watkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, Engla 
Length: 26 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3. Pieces (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 81 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Huw Watkins (Piano), Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1915; Finland 
Venue:  St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, Engla 
Length: 16 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op. 82 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Huw Watkins (Piano), Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; England 
Venue:  St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, Engla 
Length: 26 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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