So Many Stars
Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op 17, Françaix: Sonatine for violin & piano Frances-Hoad: Violin Sonatina Sibelius: Sonatina in E, Op 80, G Crosse: Violin Sonatina, Alwyn: Sonatina for Violin and Piano
Fenella Humphreys (violin), Nicol Elmer (piano)
Stone Records 5060192780826 @ £14.25 plus P&P
The Observer “The slow movement of Lennox Berkeley’s Sonatina is a mere 37 bars in length and yet contains a whole universe of emotion, brilliantly captured by the violinst Fenella Humphreys and pianist Nicola Elmer in a hugely rewarding new recording entitled So Many Stars – not a reference to these undoubetedly stellar performers, but a quote from Sibelius: ‘My childhood sky is full of stars – so many stars.’ The composer’s 1915 Sonatina is delightfully lighthearted…. it’s one of six sonatas in this highly recommended collection, with beguilling examples from Francaix, Frances-Hoad, Crosse and Alwyn, each played with intense commitement by these two outstanding players, their love for this music evident in every bar.”
Music Web International “A fascinating CD.”
About this recording …..
BBC Music Magazine award-winning violinist Fenella Humphreys joins forces with pianist Nicola Eimer in this disc featuring six Sonatinas for Violin and Piano. The Sonatina, sometimes considered a light-weight relative of the Sonata, is often overlooked, both in recital and on disc. In exploring this genre, Humphreys and Eimer discover some neglected treasures from the twentieth-century Sonatina repertoire, including Jean Françaix’s quirky take on the form, Lennox Berkeley’s expressive and romantic rendering, and the delightfully charming and appealing Sonatina in E Major by Sibelius.