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.

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