Enigmas: Solo piano and chamber works | Divine Art DDA25145

Enigmas: Solo piano and chamber works

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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: DDA25145

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 12th May 2017

Contents

Artists

Elspeth Wyllie (piano)
Catherine Backhouse (mezzo-soprano)
Claire Overbury (flute)
Alexa Beattie (viola)
Hetti Price (cello)

Works

Bowen, York

Flute Sonata, op.120

Elgar, Edward

Enigma Variations, op.36 (version for piano)

Leighton, Kenneth

Elegy for cello and piano, op.5

Rubbra, Edmund

Two Sonnets by William Alabaster

Sackman, Nicholas

Folio I

Artists

Elspeth Wyllie (piano)
Catherine Backhouse (mezzo-soprano)
Claire Overbury (flute)
Alexa Beattie (viola)
Hetti Price (cello)

About

A varied range of masterful works from English 20th-century composers some familiar and all major works of importance. Elgar composed his Enigma Variations at the piano; it was always suitable for a solo version and Elgar himself wrote this. Bowens Flute Sonata is well known a Romantic staple as is Leightons Elegy, which deserves to be better known. The piano solo work Folio I is lively and full of fun, while the two Sonnets of Rubbra are exquisitely gorgeous and absolutely essential listening.

Fine performances by pianist Elspeth Wyllie who is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician/accompanist, working throughout the UK and other countries. The young set of musicians here show exceptional talent and musicianship in the recorded works which are very varied yet make up a coherent concert album.

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