Delius: The Complete Violin Sonatas CD
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The first question one is inclined to ask is why did he suppress the publication of the clearly brilliant Sonata in B of 1892, eventually to be published posthumously? Superficially at least the bright and exuberant work comes across as that of a vigorous young man picking up the baton from a profound but exhausted Brahms.Read more ›
The three numbered sonatas were written between 1905 and 1930: but just as impressive in its way is the early unnumbered sonata, written in 1892, which remained unpublished until 1977. As Little remarks in her 'personal thoughts' on these works, it 'has an intimacy about it which is hard to resist'. It is clear that she truly loves this music, for which she is today the greatest living advocate. And Piers Lane is also clearly devoted to Delius.
All four sonatas, different though they are, are a source of joy; and it is hard to imagine them being better played or recorded. This is very accessible music, and - at any price - a most rewarding disc. Highly recommended.
Added in Edit: As an historic supplement to this disc, Delians should also consider Albert Sammons in the three numbered sonatas [plus the second by Edmund Rubbra] in a wonderful 2006 Dutton restoration [CDBP 9768]. The first sonata derives from unique unpublished Columbia tests made in 1929 with Evelyn Howard-Jones; and the second sonata, by the same artists, comes from very rare 1924 discs made soon after they had given the work's first performance.Read more ›
Rooted in nineteenth century expansive, free-flowing lyricism, there are occasional hints of more modern harmonies and note sequences. You can't really sing along with these massive melodies but you sure wish you could. But if you can't stand to listen to anything less spiky than Bartok or Berg, perhaps you would be better to find another destination for your two hundred pennies.
There's a strong temptation to use cliché adjectives such as 'delicious', 'sumptuous', 'sensuous'; that, frankly, would be demeaning to the music, but I can't think of more dignified words to use, and yet still convey the all-enveloping pleasure of the listening experience. I imagine these sonatas must be overwhelmingly pleasurable and rewarding to play - there seems so much scope for self-expression in the prolonged melodic sequences; Tasmin Little is certainly convinced by the music and does an enthusiastic job of conveying that conviction, totally dedicated and uplifting in what she expresses.
At times, there is a little perturbation, rather than agitation, in the music, but the optimism soon returns with that sheer expansive pleasure for life that reminds me of - sorry, another potentially demeaning description coming - the visual impact of the opening scenes of 'The Sound of Music' viewed on a really big screen. There, I've probably offended all music lovers and film buffs in one go.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Piston CD contains 20th century American music at its very best. Very approachable music for all music lovers.Published 5 months ago by stephen wilkins
There's something about this recording that I find quite difficult to put a finger on. The music is not easy in the first place, being full of juxtaposed half-tones (correct me if... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2014 by Big John
I have always hated Delius. What I hear is effeminate and unconvincing. However, Tasmin Little could play Pop goes the Weasel and make it sound good, so at a very low price I... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2013 by Lance Edwards
As an early music fan I am not usually drawn to works dating this late, but Delius is a much under recognised British composer (aren't they all sadly), while these sonatas are... Read morePublished on 30 July 2013 by Si
This was a chance purchase on the basis of my love of Delius' music. At first these pieces sound deceptively simple but after a few listens Delius' mastery of composition shows... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2013 by sctrainer
This is a gift, so I have not heard this recording of Delius' Complete Violin Sonatas - but look forward to it.Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by S. A. V. Lewis
Technically, the audio quality,performance and composition are very good
which in my opinion,would have been better represented on the CD
if the recording mix volume had... Read more
Good and interesting violin sonatas, worth listening too but quite evidently with the Delius 'flavour' as with his all other music.Published on 21 April 2012 by Edwin Underhill