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English Music For Viola/ Piano (Naxos: 8.572761) (Sarah-Jane Bradley/ Christian Wilson)

Sarah-Jane Bradley , Christian Wilson , Bantock , Bainton , Holland , et al. Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Bantock, Bainton, Holland, Bowen
  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0085AXSKG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sonata for Viola and Piano (Edgar BAINTON)
2. Suite in D for Viola and Piano (Theodore HOLLAND)
3. Piece for Viola (York BOWEN)
4. Viola Sonata in F major, Colleen (Granville BANTOCK)

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'Sarah-Jane Bradley's viola has a singing quality beautifully suited to this essentially ruminative, lyrical repertoire and Christian Wilson's role as accompanist is most sensitively judged in allowing the plaintive viola to express its full range of plangent gestures... [Bradley's] long melodic lines [are] splendidly shaped.' --Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone - Nov. '12

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Ouvres de Bainton, Holland, Bowen & Bantock / Sarah-Jane Bradley, alto - Christian Wilson, piano

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unjustly neglected 15 Aug 2013
By Philip Chadwick VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A must buy for those who love English music or the viola - beautifully played and a superb programme including a world premiere for Bainton's sonata.
Superbly recorded in the Henry Wood Hall - try a few samples (but remember they are mp3 not full CD)and you will be sold.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm, satisfying music from England 10 Sep 2012
By Warren Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This recording features music by four English composers all born within a generation of each other. Each has a different way of telling their story, in some cases greatly influenced by their life experiences (yes, this seems like an obvious statement, but you can really hear some of the strife and longing from his wartime experiences as a POW in Germany from 1914-1918 in the Bainton piece).

The first piece is by Edgar Bainton, and the work itself has a distinct Cesar Franck feel to it, particularly the first movement, which features a very interesting almost solo piano interval that really generates a sense of isolation. The second movement starts longingly and warmly, giving way to a more emotionally complicated but uplifting third movement.

The second piece is Holland's Suite in D for Viola and Piano, which begins with some very energetic music and develops into what is initially a gently but intense conversation between the two instruments, growing every more reflective and painfully reminiscent in the second movement, the end section of which uses the viola's natural warm range to give us somber melodies supported by deep chords and runs from the piano's lower register. The finale brings the piece to a very satisfying and complete close.

Next is a very short and soul-searching piece from York Bowen that, according to the well written liner notes, remains unpublished. This would be a wonderful work to hear in person, so here's hoping that someone publishes it!

The last work on this disc is by Granville Bantock and is sub-titled "Colleen". The themes in the work have some relationships to various Irish themes, but the work as a whole is evocative, pleasantly satisfying in a deeply healing way (particularly the second movement), finishing with a rollicking obviously Celtic-influenced Vivace - hard not to tap your foot to it, and leaves the listener feeling pretty darn good.

This disc is a very satisfying musical experience. Sarah-Jane Bradley's viola is comforting and expressive, and Christian Wilson's piano is a very well-balanced companion in each of the works. I enjoyed this recording very much. Recommended.
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