British Violin Sonatas, Vol. 3 / Little, Lane

Release Date: 5/1/2020
Label: Chandos
Catalog Number: CHAN 20133
Number of Discs: 1

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Tasmin Little and Piers Lane complete their three-album overview of British violin sonatas with works by York Bowen, John Ireland, William Alwyn, Eric Coates, and the world premiere recording of James Francis Brown’s The Hart’s Grace. Composed for the inaugural Hertfordshire Festival of Music, the work was premiered by Tasmin in Hertford in June 2016. The central premise of The Hart’s Grace is the emotional transformation experienced by a restless observer when encountering the almost magical, elusive freedom of the deer. John Ireland composed his Second Sonata between 1915 and 1917, dedicating it to Albert Sammons who gave the premiere. Alwyn’s Sonatina dates from 1933, whilst the Coates and Bowen pieces were both composed during the Second World War (1943 and 1945 respectively). Coates’s First Meeting was commissioned by Lionel Tertis and originally conceived for viola, but it was revised for violin for its publication (in 1943).



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Little brings out the Ireland's stark contrast with impressive aplomb, the wonderful emergence of the effulgent second subject from the bleaker first being one such example. Lane’s nuanced handling of the capacious accompaniment is also insightfully executed.



– Gramophone



These are dedicated and insightful performances. None of these pieces are well known, yet these gifted artists create the impression of having been playing them for years.



– The Strad

Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op. 112 by York Bowen
Performer: Piers Lane (Piano), Tasmin Little (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ;
1. The Hart's Grace by James Francis Brown
Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin), Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2016 ; England
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A minor by John Ireland
Performer: Piers Lane (Piano), Tasmin Little (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915-1917 ; England
3. Sonatina for Violin and Piano by William Alwyn
Performer: Piers Lane (Piano), Tasmin Little (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933 ; England
4. First Meeting by Eric Coates
Performer: Piers Lane (Piano), Tasmin Little (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
5. First Meeting by Eric Coates
Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin), Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
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