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The British Cello / Baillie, Thwaites


Release Date: 10/20/2017 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 175  
Composer:  Ernest John MoeranBenjamin BrittenFrank BridgeRichard R. Bennett,   ... 
Performer:  Alexander BaillieJohn Thwaites
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an arresting collection of music for cello and piano by British composers, ranging from such masterpieces as Britten’s seminal Cello Sonata (written for Rostropovich) to Joe Cutler’s brilliant new showpiece ‘2016 was a Bad Year for Music’, whilst taking in such superb recent works as James MacMillan’s Second Cello Sonata and the Sonata by Richard Rodney Bennett – written for Alexander Baillie and first performed by him – alongside shorter evocative pieces by Frank Bridge, Kenneth Leighton and EJ Moeran. The album adds up to a terrific programme of familiar and lesser-known works by a galaxy of British composers, making it the first choice album of British Cello Music for music-lovers and students everywhere. This is an arresting collection of music for cello and piano by British composers, ranging from such masterpieces as Britten’s seminal Cello Sonata (written for Rostropovich) to Joe Cutler’s brilliant new showpiece ‘2016 was a Bad Year for Music’, whilst taking in such superb recent works as James MacMillan’s Second Cello Sonata and the Sonata by Richard Rodney Bennett – written for Alexander Baillie and first performed by him – alongside shorter evocative pieces by Frank Bridge, Kenneth Leighton and EJ Moeran. The album adds up to a terrific programme of familiar and lesser-known works by a galaxy of British composers, making it the first choice album of British Cello Music for music-lovers and students everywhere. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude for Cello and Piano by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Alexander Baillie (Cello), John Thwaites (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 65 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Baillie (Cello), John Thwaites (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
3.
Elegy for Cello and Piano, H 47 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Alexander Baillie (Cello), John Thwaites (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; England 
4.
Sonata for cello & piano by Richard R. Bennett
Performer:  Alexander Baillie (Cello), John Thwaites (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1991 
5.
2016 Was a Sad Year for Pop Music by Joe Cutler
Performer:  Alexander Baillie (Cello), John Thwaites (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
6.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 by James MacMillan
Performer:  Alexander Baillie (Cello), John Thwaites (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Scotland 
7.
Elegy for Cello and Piano, Op. 5 by Kenneth Leighton
Performer:  Alexander Baillie (Cello), John Thwaites (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 

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