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British Violin Concertos / Howick, Llewellyn, BBC Scottish Symphony


Release Date: 12/01/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573791  
Composer:  Paul PattersonKenneth LeightonGordon Jacob
Performer:  Clare Howick
Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new release from BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra led by Grant Llewellyn features Violin Concertos by exclusively British composers, including Paul Patterson, Kenneth Leighton, and Gordon Jacob. The featured soloist in these works is violinist Clare Howick. Described by The Strad as “playing with beguiling warmth and affection” and by American Record Guide as “simply spectacular”, Clare Howick is at the forefront of a generation of inspiring violinists. As a champion of new music, Clare has premiered many new works, both on disc and in performance. She recently gave the world premiere performance at St John’s Smith Square of Violin Concerto No.2 ('Serenade') by Paul Patterson, a song-like, wistful and exuberantly Read more sparkling work, which was specially written for her. This is the piece’s world premiere recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin No. 2, Op. 112 "Serenade" by Paul Patterson
Performer:  Clare Howick (Violin)
Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
2.
Concerto for Violin, Op. 12 by Kenneth Leighton
Performer:  Clare Howick (Violin)
Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3.
Concerto for Violin by Gordon Jacob
Performer:  Clare Howick (Violin)
Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

Customer Reviews

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 Worth the wait for three premiere recordings January 5, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Clare Howick brings her excellent technique and the big sound of the 'Maurin' Stradivarius 1718, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music, to 20th and 21st century music from Britain in this very welcome new disc from Naxos. Paul Patterson wrote his superb 2nd Violin Concerto for Howick in 2013, and this is its first recording. What's more surprising is that the other two works on the disc are receiving their premiere recordings as well. Gordon Jacob's Concerto for Violin & Strings, a work that I find extremely interesting and admire more each time I hear it, was written in 1953. I guess when one thinks back to the post-war New Music world it was out of step with its time, but nearly 65 years later it's fresh and alive. Howick's playing is completely convincing, in the frame conductor Grant Llewellyn sets up with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's expert playing, not allowing the rhapsodic passages to become sentimental and keeping things moving along smartly. Similarly, the Kenneth Leighton Concerto for Violin and Small Orchestra, written in the previous year, is well worth the wait. Its four short movements each pack a punch, with distinct and distinctive moods, and the whole thing adds up to a minor masterpiece. Again, the playing of soloist and orchestra is special: taught and bright and memorable. Very highly recommended!" Report Abuse
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