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McEwen: Violin Sonatas / Olivier Charlier, Geoffrey Tozer


Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9880   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John McEwen
Performer:  Olivier CharlierGeoffrey Tozer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The music of John Blackwood McEwen was unknown to me before I came across this disc of premiere recordings. I certainly will remember him from now on after repeated listenings to this Chandos discovery. Violinist Olivier Charlier has a sure grasp of the mix of French influences and English Romanticism that is a familiar trait of English composers of McEwen's era (he was a contemporary of Arnold Bax). His brilliant playing focuses special attention on the individuality and originality of each piece, all the while demonstrating commanding control and amazing reflexes, as in his quick shifts from glistening filigree figures to round, burnished low tones in the Sonata-Fantasia. He is fortunate to have a
Read more superb piano partner in Geoffrey Tozer, who shows off his skill in passages such as the wonderful impressionistic scales in the Vivace finale of Sonata No. 6. The duo's energy and dramatic flair are equally impressive in the Prince Charlie Rhapsody (just listen to how Tozer evokes Chopin's Funeral March at the very beginning), with its episodic blend of traditional songs and Romantic musings. Chandos' sound reproduction is dead on, really bringing into focus the details of the scores and the musicians' interpretive nuances.

--David Preiser, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in F minor by John McEwen
Performer:  Olivier Charlier (Violin), Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; England 
Length: 13 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in E minor "Sonata-Fantasie" by John McEwen
Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer (Piano), Olivier Charlier (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922; England 
Length: 20 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 6 in G major by John McEwen
Performer:  Olivier Charlier (Violin), Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; England 
Length: 19 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Rhapsody for Violin and Piano/Orchestra "Prince Charlie" by John McEwen
Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer (Piano), Olivier Charlier (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Length: 9 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: England (1915).
Composition revised: 1941. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 2 in F minor: Allegretto sostenuto - Tranquillo -
Violin Sonata No. 2 in F minor: Come una improvisazione - Poco adagio -
Violin Sonata No. 2 in F minor: Poco allegro - Allegro molto - Tranquillo
Violin Sonata No. 5 in E minor, "Sonata-fantasia": I. Maestoso sostenuto - Doppio movimento: Animato - Meno mosso: Tranquillo - Tempo primo
Violin Sonata No. 5 in E minor, "Sonata-fantasia": II. Vivace - Meno mosso - Vivace
Violin Sonata No. 6 in G major: I. Allegro limpido-semplice - Tranquillo
Violin Sonata No. 6 in G major: II. Andante mesto - Piu mosso - Tempo primo
Violin Sonata No. 6 in G major: III. Vivace ma non troppo
Scottish Rhapsody, "Prince Charlie"

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