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Sonata Lirica, Other Works For Violin And Piano

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  • Composer: Cyril Scott
  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epoch British Music
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. i. Allegro moderato
2. ii. Andante tranquillo
3. iii. Allegro vigoroso Deux Préludes
4. Prelude No.1: Poème Érotique
5. Prelude No.2: Danse
6. Lotus Land (transcribed for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler)
7. Valse Triste, Op.73, No.3 Tallahassee Suite, Op.73, No.4
8. i. Bygone Memories
9. ii. After Sundown
10. iii. Air et Danse Nègre
11. Andante Languido (No.2 from Three Little Waltzes, Op.58)
12. Fantasie Orientale
13. Romance, Op.73, No.2
14. Danse Nègre, Op.58, No.5
15. Elégie, Op.73, No.1
16. Intermezzo
17. Lullaby, Op.57, No.2CLARE HOWICK violinSOPHIA RAHMAN piano

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Following the success of Dutton Epoch's series of Cyril Scott piano music CDs featuring Canadian pianist Leslie De'Ath, we now venture into the composer's works for violin and piano. In a programme of Scott's typically elegant, thoughtful music, violinist Clare Howick and pianist Sophie Rahman guide the listener beautifully through some of Scott's finest scores for this particular instrumental pairing. The present disc explores the two sides of his violin-piano output: on the one hand `popular' miniatures, either written by Scott himself for violin and piano or arranged by other hands from his piano originals; and on the other a major, mature work for the same combination, the Sonata Lirica of 1937. Other works on this release include Scott's Andante Languido from Three Little Waltzes for piano (arranged for violin by Richard Lange), which appeared in 1906 but is believed to be among his earliest works, and Lotus Land, perhaps the most famous of all Scott's works. Arranged by no less a virtuoso than Fritz Kreisler, the piece becomes less of a dreamy reverie and more of a passionate utterance. By the time we arrive at the mystically ecstatic coda Kreisler has convinced one that this is the medium for which this music was always destined.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard M. Price on 17 Jan. 2008
This is a hugely rewarding issue. Scott's meandering melismatic lines suit the violin perfectly, and I cannot imagine these pieces more beautifully played or more sympathetically recorded. They also give an exceptionally comprehensive picture of Cyril Scott's musical personality. Three of the pieces are arrangements for violin and piano of the most popular of his early piano pieces and songs - Lotus Land, Danse Negre, and Lullaby; Scott himself thought Kreisler's transcription of Lotus Land superior to the piano original. Most of the programme is made up of a series of pieces for violin and piano that Scott wrote in 1910-12, in the same idiom in which he composed at the same time two of his very best works for piano, the Deuxieme Suite and Poems. At this date he restricted himself to a narrow repertoire of choice chords, with a profusion of added sixths, sevenths and ninths, and constant chromatic modulations. The result is a distinctive, though impersonal, beauty, sensuous without, detached within - an enclosed, magical world, in which there is no tension or conflict, but rather (to quote one of Scott's poems) 'a mingling of all faded joys in one'. This is the Scott who was hailed throughout Europe, from France to Russia, as one of the leading 'modernists' of his generation, though to us today, accustomed to more radical innovation, these works of his early maturity sound almost too easy on the ear. Later in date and more complex in idiom is the major work in this recital - the Sonata Lirica, written in 1937, which is considerably more varied in harmony and intense in expression. (By the way, the statement in the leaflet that this may be the first performance is wrong: May Harrison and Cyril Scott performed it in the Wigmore Hall in 1937.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The perfect introduction to Cyril Scott 27 July 2010
By Dr. Richard M. Price - Published on Amazon.com
Cyril Scott (1879-1970) gained a perhaps exaggerated reputation as the leading (or sole) English modernist in the years immediately before the Great War. Many of the pieces on this CD date to 1910-12 and illustrate his style at the time -- with its free rhythm and very rich harmony (with many an added sixth or ninth), which Alban Berg not unfairly called 'mushy'. But his most popular pieces were earlier: three of them (Lotusland, Danse Negre, and Lullaby) are included on this CD, in violin arrangements that work extremely well (Scott in fact preferred Kreisler's arrangement of Lotusland to the piano original). But all these pieces are put in the shade by the Sonata Lirica -- a much later work (from 1937), which shows a new expressivity and a more varied and more resourceful musical language. Scott wrote exceptionally well for the violin, and Clare Howick's playing is ravishing, with its beauty of tone and subtle phrasing. Balance and recording could not be bettered. This CD is a huge delight.
pleasant music well-played 11 April 2013
By Zigeunerweisen - Published on Amazon.com
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This music is supposedly "light," but it is romantic and well-written, like some of the best pieces out there. Very enjoyable. Lotus land was why I bought it, and remains my favorite piece on the CD, but all of the selections are nice.
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