British Violin Sonatas, Vol. 3

YORK BOWEN (1884-1961): Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 112, WILLIAM ALWYN (1905-1985): Sonatina, ERIC COATES (1886-1957): First Meeting, JOHN IRELAND (1879-1962): Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, JAMES FRANCIS BROWN (b.1969): The Hart’s Grace.

Catalogue Number: 05V047

Label: Chandos

Reference: CHAN 20133

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: This is at least the fourth recording of the 1945 Bowen with passion and heroism succeeded by poise and stillness and ending with a dancing, headlong finale. The Coates is a typically light confection of six-and-a-half minutes written for Lionel Tertis and his viola in 1941 while the central premise of The Hart’s Grace (2016) is “the emotional transformation experienced by a restless observer when encountering the almost magical, elusive freedom of (a) deer” encountered “at the edge of a sunlit meadow”. Tasmin Little (violin), Piers Lane (piano).

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