Violin Sonatina & Viola Sonata
Arthur Benjamin

Violin Sonatina & Viola Sonata

Lawrence Power / Simon Crawford-Phillips

CDA 67969 - 0034571179698

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Benjamin was one of the first Australian musicians to forge an international reputation. His creative output, which encompasses about eighty works altogether, manifests a great variety of idioms and genres. It includes a good number of light-music miniatures, many of them infused with a jazz or Afro-Caribbean flavour: the most famous of these is the Jamaican Rumba which concludes this album.
This album represents something of a departure for Lawrence Power’s recording career: he performs Benjamin’s Violin Sonatina on the violin. This ambitious, virtuosic and formidably accomplished work is not at all diminutive—perhaps the lack of a slow movement was felt to debar it from full sonata status.
Benjamin’s Viola Sonata is a wartime piece, with a first movement of dark foreboding. It manifests a spiritual affinity with the large-scale and often elegiac Symphony that Benjamin was about to begin composing, and it contains the bleakest and perhaps the most deeply felt music on the present album. It is an impressive, powerful and virtuosic work, with many technical challenges, all of which Lawrence scales with his usual astonishing prowess.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Violin Sonatina
    I. Tranquilly Flowing
    07:44
  • 2
    Violin Sonatina
    II. Scherzo di stile antico
    02:43
  • 3
    Violin Sonatina
    III. Rondo: Con moto ma non allegro
    05:43
  • 4
    Three Pieces for Violin and Piano
    I. Arabesque (The Muted Pavane)
    04:32
  • 5
    Three Pieces for Violin and Piano
    II. Carnavalesque: Tempo di valse
    03:35
  • 6
    Three Pieces for Violin and Piano
    III. Humoresque: Non troppo allegro
    03:24
  • 7
    A Tune and Variations for Little People
    03:24
  • 8
    Le tombeau de Ravel
    13:16
  • 9
    Viola Sonata
    I. Elegy: Adagio e mesto
    07:07
  • 10
    Viola Sonata
    II. Waltz: Quasi improvisatore –
    05:48
  • 11
    Viola Sonata
    III. Toccata: Allegro ma non troppo
    04:12
  • 12
    From San Domingo
    02:52
  • 13
    Jamaican Rumba
    01:49