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CLARKE, R: Viola Music

Composer(s):Clarke, Rebecca
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557934
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Rebecca Clarke’s music is often described (along with that of Vaughan Williams) as English impressionism, but her style ranges from lush post-romantic (as in the passionate Viola Sonata, her best-known work) to the taut neo-classicism of Stravinsky (as heard in her Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale). Clarke trained with Charles Stanford at the Royal College of Music in London, but wrote much of her music while living in the United States. Most of her music remained unpublished in her lifetime, and this recording is part of a dramatic discovery that has been taking place since her 90th birthday in 1976.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2007

Rebecca Clarke was born in the south of England in 1886 and followed a career as a viola player, filling in her spare time as a composer, mainly of music linked to her instrument. It was at a time when women were still struggling to gain acceptance in this field, and her music never achieved the popularity it richly deserved. What little has become known mainly dates from her early years, and avoided any contact with the progressive school of music at the time. Her thematic material was so attractive and instantly memorable, the writing elegant and usually in the mode of conversation between instruments. At times it is intensely passionate, as in the Dumka, and always highly rewarding to the performers. I fell in love with her music years ago,



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