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English Music For Viola / Matthew Jones, Michael Hampton

Clarke / Bax / Jones,Matthew / Hampton,Michael
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572579   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Rebecca ClarkeSir William WaltonRalph Vaughan WilliamsTheodore Holland,   ... 
Performer:  Michael HamptonMatthew Jones
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The fortunes of the viola as a solo instrument enjoyed a remarkable upsurge during the first half of the 20th Century. Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata ranks among her finest compositions while Frank Bridge’s Four Pieces convey both melodic charm and elegiac warmth. Theodore Holland’s appealing Suite exploits the viola’s tender tones and jaunty potential. Arthur Bliss’s Intermezzo, transcribed from his Piano Quartet and William Walton’s Canzonetta and Scherzetto, originally for violin, complement Arnold Bax’s haunting Legend and Vaughan Williams’s posthumously performed Romance. Matthew Jones has been hailed by The Strad magazine as ‘a worthy successor to Lionel Tertis’. A major prize-winner from the Royal College of Music, Michael Hampton Read more performs on major stages around the world. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for viola & piano by Rebecca Clarke
Performer:  Michael Hampton (Piano), Matthew Jones (Viola)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1919; United Kingdom 
Venue:  The Great Hall, University of Reading, U 
Length: 20 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Pieces (2) for Violin and Piano by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Michael Hampton (Piano), Matthew Jones (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; England 
Venue:  The Great Hall, University of Reading, U 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Romance for Viola and Piano by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Matthew Jones (Viola), Michael Hampton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  The Great Hall, University of Reading, U 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Suite in D for viola & piano by Theodore Holland
Performer:  Matthew Jones (Viola), Michael Hampton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 04/30/2009 
Venue:  Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 18 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Legend for Viola and Piano by Arnold Bax
Performer:  Matthew Jones (Viola), Michael Hampton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
Venue:  The Great Hall, University of Reading, U 
Length: 10 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Intermezzo, for piano, F. 139 by Sir A. Bliss
Performer:  Matthew Jones (Viola), Michael Hampton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1912 
Venue:  The Great Hall, University of Reading, U 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
Pieces (4), for viola & piano by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Matthew Jones (Viola), Michael Hampton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  The Great Hall, University of Reading, U 
Length: 11 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Viola Sonata: I. Impetuoso
Viola Sonata: II. Vivace
Viola Sonata: III. Adagio - Allegro
2 Pieces (arr. M. Jones for viola and piano): No. 1. Canzonetta
2 Pieces (arr. M. Jones for viola and piano): No. 2. Scherzetto
Berceuse (arr. V.L. Jacobs for viola and piano)
Serenade (arr. V.L. Jacobs for viola and piano)
Elegie (arr. V.L. Jacobs for viola and piano)
Cradle Song (arr. V.L. Jacobs for viola and piano)
Legend for Viola and Piano: Legend
Piano Quartet in A minor (arr. W. Forbes): Piano Quartet in A minor: III. Intermezzo: Tempo di mazurka (arr. W. Forbes for viola and piano)
Romance for Viola and Piano
Suite in D major: I. Allegro vigoroso
Suite in D major: II. Romance, andante mesto
Suite in D major: III. Allegro vivace

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