British Cello Works: Smyth, Lutyens, Maconchy & Clarke
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Cat No: SRCD383
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st November 2019
WorksRhapsody for cello and piano
Bagatelles (9) for cello and piano, op.10
Divertimento for cello and piano
Cello Sonata in C minor
ArtistsLionel Handy (cello)
Jennifer Hughes (piano)
The creative conviction of the composer Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994), expressed here so eloquently, reflects her clarity of thought and strength of purpose. She contributed a select number of works with a major role for cello and these scores reveal a natural flair for string writing. Maconchy’s Divertimento for cello and piano (1941-43) was written for cellist William Pleeth and pianist Margaret Good, who gave the first broadcast performance on the BBC’s Latin American Service in March 1943. The piece is typical of the composer’s distinctive musical style in which direct lyricism, rhythmic drive and harmonic ambiguities are mobilised in the service of an engaging narrative.
The compositions of Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983) are characterised by textural economy and organisational rigour. The cello plays a significant part in many of her pieces for chamber forces. Lutyens wrote her Nine Bagatelles for cello and piano, op.10, in 1942. The language of the Nine Bagatelles is indicative of a composer deeply connected to the music of her own era. A wide knowledge of the music of Stravinsky and serial techniques has not resulted in slavish copying, but has helped Lutyens to forge an individual voice.
Although Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) wrote most of her music in the early decades of the twentieth century, it was not until the final decades of that century that her stature as a leading British composer was secured. Clarke achieved fame as a composer with her Viola Sonata (1919)6 and Piano Trio (1921), both runners up in competitions that were part of the Berkshire (Massachusetts) Festival of Chamber Music. This festival was sponsored by the American patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, who also commissioned Clarke’s longest and most intricate score, the Rhapsody for cello and piano (1923).
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