for ’Cello and Piano

John Barton Armstrong


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[John Barton Armstrong’s Cello Sonata] is an accomplished work, and receives an excellent performance from Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton.
Krzysztof Stasiak, MusicWeb International
It is a closely argued work built up in substantial sections … this is music which is constantly searching and journeying, with a sense of direction and purpose…
Krzysztof Stasiak, MusicWeb International

The Sonata for ’Cello and Piano is a long single-movement work written in 1981 for the ’cellist Pamela George. Alongside his symphonies and the opera Hamlet, the ’Cello Sonata is one of John Barton Armstrong’s most important works. It was first performed at St John’s, Smith Square on 14th May 1987 by Markus Stocker and Michael Dussek. The same duo gave the first broadcast performance in February 1988 on BBC Radio 3. The work has now received its first commercial recording, by Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton, on the CD From Bohemia to Wessex (available from Fand).

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Composer Title Grade Forces Total duration
John Barton ArmstrongSonata
for ’Cello and Piano
8’Cello, Piano30 mins
Composer Movement Forces Duration
John Barton ArmstrongLargo misterioso – Più mosso – Molto cantabile – Trionfale – Con brio – Pastorale’Cello, Piano30 mins
Recorded performance

Markus Stocker, cello, Michael Dussek, piano
Please note that the performance extract presented here is by the original performers of the work, taken from the radio broadcast.
A further sample of the work is available on the page for the CD by Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton, From Bohemia to Wessex: Cello Music from the Twentieth Century.

Catalogue code: FM175Published: May 2012
Entry last updated: 4th May 2014