Pike, Roscoe: Elgar - Violin Sonata, Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending (24/96 FLAC)
Pike, Roscoe: Elgar – Violin Sonata, Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Edward William Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Jennifer Pike, Martin Roscoe
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Chandos
Size: 1.12 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Edward William Elgar:
Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82
01. I. Allegro
02. II. Romance. Andante
03. III. Allegro non troppo

Ralph Vaughan Williams:
Violin Sonata in A minor
04. I. Fantasia. Allegro giusto
05. II. Scherzo. Allegro furioso ma non troppo
06. III. Tema con variazioni

07. The Lark Ascending

Following the success of her last album, The Polish Violin , Jennifer Pike now turns to a programme of English music that represents an essential part of her musical make-up. It was the music of Elgar that first drew her to the violin, and The Lark Ascending has featured in her programming – in many versions – throughout her career. Here we have the original version for Violin and Piano from 1914, much less frequently played than the ‘standard’ orchestral version, but fascinating for the new light it shines on such a well-known piece. Writing it against the backdrop of the First World War, Vaughan Williams took both inspiration and the title from a poem by George Meredith. Although his first sketches for a Violin Sonata date from 1887, Elgar’s Violin Sonata is one of the four late masterpieces that Elgar composed in 1918 – 19, at Brinkwells in Sussex in his final creative flush. As with The Lark, this work was composed under the shadow of the Great War. Like Elgar, Vaughan Williams wrote his only Violin Sonata towards the end of his life. Representing a culmination of the development of his compositional style, he weaves fantasy and pastoralism into the strictures of sonata form. Jennifer Pike is joined for this album by one of her regular musical partners, the pianist Martin Roscoe.

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