Notes and Editorial Reviews
Kenneth Leighton’s distinctive gifts as a composer were apparent as early as the première of his Cello Concerto, when he was barely 26. It was an instrument for which he wrote with particular subtlety and often from an inner compulsion. The Elegy, Op. 5 is full of brilliance, lyricism and mystery whilst by the time he wrote the rhapsodic and expressive Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 52, his position as one of Britain’s leading composers had long been cemented. The beautiful Alleluia Pascha Nostrum, Op. 85 was first performed by the soloist on this disc, Raphael Wallfisch.
“Wallfisch gives eloquent performances of works characterized by anguished restraint and reflection. Leighton's early Elegy affords a lyrical oasis in this program of otherwise spare and sometimes jagged music.
– BBC Music Magazine