RICHARD ARNELL (1917-2009): Violin Sonatas No. 1 and No. 2, Op. 55, Variations on an American Theme, Op. 76, STANLEY BATE (1911-1959): Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 47.
Catalogue Number: 09U054
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0492
Description: Music for violin and piano by two young British composers who found themselves marooned in American exile by World War II. Arnell’s music (the sonatas from 1940 and 1949 and the Variations from 1953) can be warmly lyrical and fiercely dramatic by turn, rather like its energetic and volatile composer - and you’ll know this from the series of symphonies Dutton Epoch produced. Bate was briefly a bright star on the musical scene (Dutton also has done yeoman service to his orchestral works), a brilliant pianist whose career was obscured from his British audience by the War and truncated by his early death. His 1946 sonata has echoes of two of his teachers – Vaughan Williams and Hindemith. Patrick Wastnage (violin), Elizabeth Dunn (piano).