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|Strong melodic and rhythmic lines in Martinů’s Sonata put the companion works into perspective. Thompson’s three-movement Sonatina is lyrically captivating. Eloquent performances. ★★★★|
|—Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine (October 2014 p111)|
|[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|
Fand Music Press is delighted to have played a major role in the inception of the latest CD from the highly acclaimed cello and piano duo of Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton, featuring a couple of world-première recordings of music published by Fand.
The meatiest work on the disc is the monumental Cello Sonata of Fand composer John Barton Armstrong. This rarely-performed masterpiece, which the composer considered to be one of his most important works, has occasionally been heard in radio broadcasts, but is receiving its first commercial recording on this CD.
The second piece to receive its first recording on this CD is by another Fand composer, Peter Thompson: his Cello Sonatina was written, coincidentally, in the same year as the Barton Armstrong Sonata (1981).
Finally, the third work on the CD is the Cello Sonata no 2 by Bohuslav Martinů; Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton have already recorded his Sonata no 1 on a previous CD. The Cello Sonata no 2 is a stylistically pivotal work, being one of the first pieces written by Martinů after his arrival in America.
The CD itself is another particularly high-quality production: it shares a similar presentation to its preceding disc, BAX: Works for Cello and Piano, including a lavish 12-page full-colour booklet and top-quality presentation throughout (see sample images and track samples below). A must for anyone who bought the companion Bax CD!
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|Various||From Bohemia to Wessex|
Cello Music from the Twentieth Century
Lionel Handy, cello & Nigel Clayton, piano
|Lionel Handy, ’Cello,|
Nigel Clayton, Piano
|1||John Barton Armstrong||Sonata for cello and piano (1981)||Lionel Handy, ’Cello,|
Nigel Clayton, Piano
|2||Bohuslav Martinů||Sonata no 2 for cello and piano (H286, 1941)||00:08:09|
|5||Peter Thompson||Sonatina for cello and piano (1981)||00:03:34|
Catalogue code: SLV1011 • Published: 7th May 2014
Entry last updated: 4th May 2014