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1917 - Works for Violin & Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Huw Watkins


Tamsin Waley-Cohen



St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol

25-27 November 2013


Nicholas Parker


Andrew Mellor

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Total Time - 85:06
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Violin Sonata in G minor, L.140

1 I Allegro vivo 5:11
2 II Intermede: Fantastique et leger 4:45
3 III Finale: Tres anime 4:35



Violin Sonata in B minor, P.110

4 I Moderato 9:57
5 II Andante espressivo 8:59
6 III Passacaglia: Allegro moderato ma energico 8:11



Five Pieces for Violin & Piano, Op.81

7 I Mazurka 2:44
8 II Rondino - allegretto grazioso 2:18
9 III Valse 3:46
10 IV Aubade 3:11
11 V Menuetto 4:50



Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.82

12 I Allegro: risoluto 9:01
13 II Romance 8:16
14 III Allegro non troppo 9:22
  TT 85:06      
 Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin
 Huw Watkins piano

 Rising-star violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is joined by the eminent pianist-composer Huw Watkins in a diverse programme of works that were all influenced in different ways by the era in which they were composed. The works were conceived at four very different points in the composer’s lives – Debussy, at the end of his life, Respighi in the first flush of fame, Elgar, although not old, enjoying his last creative period, and Sibelius in his prime composing prolifically. These four contrasting works were all composed as the Great War drew to a close, but none of them specifically attempts to conjure up images of the conflict, nor act as any kind of programmatic memorial to its victims. Rather, these works are all conceived as absolute music, albeit, in the case of the Elgar and Debussy sonatas, imbued with a melancholy regret that may have been a reflection of those tragic four years. 

 "... Very warmly recommended as a release of special merit."

Robert Maxham - Fanfare - September/October 2014

                     Performance ****           Recording ****

"... the Elgar and Debussy in particular give plenty of evidence that she [Waley-Cohen] and her equally impressive partner, Huw Watkins, have thought about these works... the recordings serve both players - individually and as a duo - very well."

Stephen Johnson - BBC Music magazine - August 2014

 "... Waley-Cohen plays with an obvious love of the music, most sympathetically accompanied by Watkins. Fine sound, with an excellent sense of prescence and clean separation."

Edward Greenfield - Gramophone magazine - July 2014

"It’s their year of composition, 1917, that links the four works for violin and piano in Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkin’s collection ... Each disc has a sharply contrasted pair of works. Sibelius’s Five Pieces ... charming and expertly written for what was his own instrument .. which are followed by Respighi’s expansive sonata, full of rhapsodic violin lines and grandly rhetorical piano writing. Waley-Cohen and Watkins relish all that, but they seem more at home in the Debussy and Elgar works. The former is given a wonderfully subtle, introspective and touching performance; the latter is by turns typically bluff and elegiac, leaving just enough room for doubt in the optimism of its finale." ****

Andrew Cohen - The Guardian - 13 June 2014

 Young Artist to Watch "Great playing from the very talented Tamsin Waley-Cogen. This really highlights the talent of the next generation of virtuosi."

David Mellor - Classic FM 

A very enjoyable recording, Waley-Cohen and Watkins form a splendid duo who give top-notch performances of these works particularly Elgar's masterpiece. Beautifully recorded sound with amazing realism.
d coleman