Star Preludes

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Catalogue No: MSVCD 92029
EAN/UPC: 5019148629726
Artists: , ,
Composers: ,
Release Date: June 2001
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 61:56
Sample: Rawsthorne Theme and Variations: VII Ostinato

Two of the greatest names in modern British music, John McCabe and Alan Rawsthorne, interpreted by top names in contemporary music performance.

Track Listing

    John McCabe:

  1. Maze Dances (16:29)
  2. Alan Rawsthorne:

  3. I. Sonata for Violin and Piano – First Movement (4:39)
  4. II. Sonata for Violin and Piano – Second Movement (3:53)
  5. III. Sonata for Violin and Piano – Thrid Movement – Toccata (3:50)
  6. IV. Sonata for Violin and Piano – Fourth Movement – Epilogue (4:30)
  7. I. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Theme (0:35)
  8. II. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Capriccietto (0:59)
  9. III. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Siciliano (2:08)
  10. IV. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Cancrizzante (1:02)
  11. V. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Rhapsodia (2:44)
  12. VI. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Notturno (2:52)
  13. VII. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Scherzetto (0:37)
  14. VIII. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Ostinato (1:20)
  15. IX. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Canone (0:27)
  16. X. Theme and Variations for Two Violins – Fantasia (3:13)
  17. John McCabe:

  18. Star Preludes (12:32)

Reviews

Gramophone

Fine performances of some of Rawsthorne’s finest yet most neglected chamber music. Alan Rawsthorne’s Theme and Variations for two violins not only ranks as one of his masterpieces, but can also be considered as amongst the finest string writing for violin duo this century… this new and exceptionally fine account by Peter Sheppard Skærved and Christine Sohn [is] all the more welcome. Another Rawsthorne work that deserves much wider recognition is the Violin Sonata of 1958. A must for all admirers of Rawsthorne’s music. GRAMOPHONE AWARD NOMINEE

” —Michael Stewart
Tempo

playing of passionate intensity in the finest performance of the [Theme and Variations] that I’ve yet heard

” —Unnamed reviewer
International Record Review

In sum, with fine performances and a good recording, this release deserves to be heard by more than just devotees of the violin. It shows the toughness and sheer musicality of two fine British composers writing at full stretch.

” —Piers Burton-Page