KENNETH LEIGHTON (1929-1988): Complete Chamber Works for Cello - Partita, Op. 35, Elegy, Op. 5, Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 52, Alleluia Pascha Nostrum, Op. 85.

Catalogue Number: 11N077

Label: British Music Society

Reference: BMS439CD

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

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Description: The early Elegy (1949) was the original slow movement of a cello sonata which the composer withdrew and is in the English pastoral tradition of Finzi and Vaughan Williams. Made of somewhat sterner stuff, including a strikingly intense yet lyrical Elegy as a first movement, the 1959 Partita, the longest work on this disc at 21 minutes, is a fine example of Leighton's early mature period, tough but still melodic. The solo sonata (1967) is plainly communicable and lyrical throughout as its three movement titles admit: Lament and Pizzicato, Toccata and Cradle Song and Flourish, Chaconne and Coda. The 1970 Op. 85 is based on plainsong melodies from the 12th century Salisbury Chant for Easter Day. Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Raphael Terroni (piano).

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