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Stevens: Trios, Violin Sonata, Etc / Sillito, Orton, Milne


Release Date: 08/26/2003 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 572   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bernard Stevens
Performer:  Stephen OrtonKenneth SillitoHamish MilneTimothy Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Bernard Stevens belonged to the same generation as Britten, but he became a Communist, which brought him into contact with Alan Bush and gave them both some trouble with the establishment... The Violin Sonata so impressed Max Rostal when a student took it to him in 1940 that he commissioned the Violin Concerto, recorded in a stunning performance by Ernst Kovacic (4/90). That student became Stevens’ wife Bertha, whose activities since her husband’s death in 1983 have kept his music alive...
The music itself is invariably well crafted – the early influences of Bloch were productive and Stevens also admired Busoni. In some ways he emerges as a kind of British Shostakovich...
The most substantial pieces are the remarkably mature
Read more Violin and Piano Sonata, his Op 1, and the Piano Trio, both from the war years when Stevens was in the army. There’s little change when we come to the Horn Trio from the mid 1960s. By then Stevens had found his language; it was far from fashionable but, like Robert Simpson, he simply stuck to his guns. These chamber pieces fill a gap even if they lack the impact of the works on a larger scale." Peter Dickinson, THE GRAMOPHONE Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings, Op. 3 by Bernard Stevens
Performer:  Stephen Orton (Cello), Kenneth Sillito (Violin), Hamish Milne (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 1 by Bernard Stevens
Performer:  Kenneth Sillito (Violin), Hamish Milne (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
3.
Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, Op. 38 by Bernard Stevens
Performer:  Timothy Brown (French Horn), Kenneth Sillito (Violin), Hamish Milne (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 
4.
Fantasia for Violin and Piano on a Theme of Dowland, Op. 23 by Bernard Stevens
Performer:  Kenneth Sillito (Violin), Hamish Milne (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
5.
Improvisation for Violin/Viola solo, Op. 48 by Bernard Stevens
Performer:  Kenneth Sillito (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; England 

Sound Samples

Piano Trio, Op. 3: I. Allegro
Piano Trio, Op. 3: II. Adagio
Piano Trio, Op. 3: III. Allegro con brio
Violin Sonata, Op. 1
Horn Trio, Op. 38: I. Adagio
Horn Trio, Op. 38: II. Adagio
Horn Trio, Op. 38: III. Allegro
Fantasia on a Theme of Dowland, Op. 23
Improvisation, Op. 48

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