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Complete Music For Violin And Piano (Mcaslan, Dussek)

Benjamin Dale Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epoch British Music
  • ASIN: B000BRPXM2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lento Espressivo
2. II. Theme And Variations: Andant/I. Pastoral/II. Reverie/III. Intermezzo/IV. Dance/V. Caprice
3. Introduction & Finale: Allegro vigoroso - Molto allegro
4. (Moderate speed)
5. (Andante grazioso)
6. (Alla marcia)
7. (Poco lento - Allegretto)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Benjamin Dale chamber works 31 Aug 2011
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Like his contemporary, York Bowen, Benjamin Dale, born in London in 1885, was the blue-eyed boy of the moment, showing prodigious talent from an early age (his Overture "Horatius" was premiered when he was just fourteen years old). He was a protege of Frederick Corder at the RAM, and became something of a "cause celebre" after writing a huge piano sonata while still at college. But, technically accomplished though he was, he wrote in a conservative idiom (along with Bowen, Holbrooke, and others from the RAM - Bax was a welcome exception), and his music went out of fashion. This Dutton CD of Dale's complete music for violin and piano, however, gives the listener an opportunity to assess something of the composer's chamber output.

Taking centre-stage, and weighing in at a hefty forty minutes, is the Sonata of 1922. The first movement begins with a lyrical, distinctly Elgarian theme, instrumental to the work as a whole, which sets the romantic, somewhat elegiac tone. The tempo and intensity increase throughout the middle of the movement before subsiding to a return of the opening mood. Thw second movement is in the form of a theme and variations, with the final variation, Introduction and Finale, serving as the third movement. It has been suggested that this work evokes nostalgia for the idyllic years prior to the First World War, and the overall mood of the music would certainly support this view.

The remaining pieces are on a much smaller scale, and were all written during the decade 1916-26. Two of these - English Dance and Prunella - were composed during Dale's internment in Ruhleben, the prison camp set up by the Germans during the war in order to detain non-combatants from enemy countries.
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