HENRY WALFORD DAVIES (1869-1941): Violin Sonata in A, YORK BOWEN (1884-1961): Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 112, ARTHUR BLISS (1891-1975): Violin Sonata.
Catalogue Number: 09N006
Label: EM Records
Description: A few of you noticed this at the beginning of the year when it started appearing on various British review websites, so you'll be happy to see it for real now. The Bliss and the Davies are world premiere recordings, the Davies a full-length, four-movement work from 1893, revised in 1895. It's a virile piece of late Romanticism in the Brahms-Stanford vein, full of melody and young man's passion. The Bliss appears to be early (appears, since no date is given in the notes, nor in the "extended notes" promised by the notes to be available on the English Music Festival's website but which, unfortunately, do not exist there) in its late Romantic atmophere - somewhat akin to early Howells - but which is a tightly constructed, single-movement work which lasts only 11 minutes. The 1945 Bowen is in much the same vein with passion and heroism succeeded by poise and stillness and ending with a dancing, headlong finale. This was once available on Dutton Epoch (02E053) in 2003 but is now apparently out-of-print. Rupert Luck (violin), Matthew Rickard (piano).