A member of one of the most important English musical dynasties of the 19th and 20th centuries, Eugene Goossens trained as a violinist and composer but gained fame as a conductor. His Sonata No 1 integrates a personal style with the influences of Debussy and Ravel, the improvisatory Lyric Poem being from the same period. Dedicated to Jascha Heifetz, the dramatic extremes of the Sonata No 2 range from brooding melancholy to affirmative luminosity, sharing a “lyrical intensity” with the Romance.
"Imagine the distinctive chromaticism of Delius and Bridge welded seamlessly together. That should give you some idea what to expect from this fine recital of indelibly English chamber morsels." ****
Julian Haylock - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - September 2012
"...new exceptionally-well-played-and-recorded ... Everything here is cunningly put together, sits comfortably on the ear as on the instruments,and makes for very enjoyable listening..."
Mark L Lehman - American Record Guide - July/August 2012
"...The present edition of the Complete Violin Music is a welcome addition to the repertoire. These featured the violinist Oliver Lewis and pianist Jeremy Filsell... The sound quality is good. The playing by Robert Gibbs and Gusztáv Fenyo sounds excellent..."
John France - MusicWeb-International.com - 24 May 2012
"Melodious sonatas by a musical polymath... Sound quality is unfussy but truthful."
David Denton - The Strad - June 2012