WILLIAM MATHIAS (1934-1992): Violin Sonata, Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2.
Catalogue Number: 05M073
Description: World Premiere Recording of Mathias' early (1952) sonata which predated his arrival at university and which is firmly in the tradition of Ireland, Howells and Bax, eloquent, ambitiously conceived and instantly approachable. More intense and sinewy, the 15-minute First of 1962 is clear and concise, less romantically lyrical but still communicative while the 21-minute Second (1984) "casts eerie Celtic spells and otherwise includes some furious and fantastic writing with something of a Hungarian edge to it" - Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International. Sara Trickey (violin), Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (piano).