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HOLBROOKE, J.: Violin Concerto, "The Grasshopper" / Violin Sonata No. 1 / Horn Trio (Peacock, Stevenson, M. Smith)

Composer(s):Holbrooke, Joseph
Artist(s) Smith, Mark, horn • Stevenson, Robert, piano • Peacock, Kerenza, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertos
Catalogue 8.572649
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Holbrooke is a fascinating and important figure in British music. His Violin Sonata No. 1—also called a Sonatina—is a bright, engaging and light-hearted work that owes something to his interest in popular song. His Violin Concerto, subtitled ‘The Grasshopper’, was published in full score and in two versions for violin and piano—including a ‘sonata’ version with a somewhat technically less demanding final movement. In this recording we present the original ‘concerto’ version. This beautiful work, admired by the great critic Ernest Newman, is full of lyrical freedom, and also some coruscating technical demands. The Horn Trio took Brahms’s similar trio as a precedent, and is a work of great dignity and

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Review By Records International,September 2011

As the pianist-notewriter points out, we don’t have enough Holbrooke on disc to say what he “sounds like”; there are strong influences of Brahms in his early mature period just after 1900, he was able to write (and wrote a lot of) singable melodies which appear both in his serious and “light” music while a couple of pieces yet to be heard performed have “Oriental” subtitles. You won’t often find over eight pages of notes in a Naxos release but you will here, as Stevenson provides biography, contemporary commentary and his own detailed notes on each of the pieces recorded here, all of which are approachable, melodic, sometimes virtuosic and which will eventually help us to say what Joseph Holbrooke sounds like.








 

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