Cello Works by Ireland, Rubbra, Bridge, Delius, Clarke and Keys
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Cat No: SOMMCD2512
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 1st July 2013
WorksCello Sonata in D minor, H125
Cello Sonata in G minor
Cello Sonata in G minor, op.60
ArtistsAlexander Baillie (cello)
John Thwaites (piano)
This ambitious and impressive double disc of Cello Sonatas by Delius, Bridge and Ireland (CD1) and Rebecca Clarke, Ivor Keys and Rubbra (CD2) is no exception. It boasts the well loved Sonatas by Bridge, Delius, Ireland and Rubbra as well as two world premieres, the Cello Sonatas by Rebecca Clarke (1919) and Ivor Keys (1960). Clarke was Stanford’s first female pupil at RCM and became a professional violist, having taken lessons with Lionel Tertis. Listening to her Viola (or Cello) Sonata, described as “sensuous, Bacchanalian and intoxicating and languid” by turns, reminds us that she felt closest to the music of both Debussy and Ravel. Keys was organ scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, and an accomplished all-round musician who made his career as an academic at the Universities of Belfast (where he held the first Hamilton Harty Chair from 1947), Nottingham (from 1954) and Birmignham (from 1968).
The artists on this CD set are Cellist Alexander Baillie, internationally recognised as one of the finest cellists of his generation, and his Duo Partner, Pianist John Thwaites, Head of Keyboard Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, a busy Soloist as well as Chamber Musician and a frequent broadcaster for the BBC and others. It’s interesting that Edmund Rubbra’s Cello Sonata (1946) is dedicated to William Pleeth, his cello partner in the Edmund Rubbra/Erich Gruenberg/William Pleeth Piano Trio. Alexander Baillie’s teachers were Fournier, Rostropovich, du Pré and most poignantly, William Pleeth!
The disc takes pride of place among other recordings in the SOMM catalogue, of the music of Delius and Ireland during the Five-day Delius Ireland Festival: A Celebration, one of the biggest taking place at Birmingham Conservatoire between 17th and 21st June.
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