SOLI

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Tamsin Waley-Cohen, a violinist of ‘fearless intensity’ (The Guardian), explores post-1944 solo repertoire, pushing the instrument to its limits. Bartok’s Solo Sonata, an ‘Everest’ of the violin repertoire, sits at the heart of this recording which also includes Penderecki’s Cadenza, and miniatures by Carter, Gyorgy Kurtag and George Benjamin.

SKU: SIGCD416

What people are saying

&quotWaley-Cohen never loses poise." The Strad, August 2015

"Seventy-seven minutes of unaccompanied violin, and strenuous modern repertory at that, may make this disc a daunting prospect, but Waley-Cohen’s devotion to her cause is palpable, and her interpretative flair likewise. This is a sequence (beginning with Bartok’s full-dress, Bach-inspired Sonata) bursting with vitality; and the choices, all interesting, compose a little map of modernism." The Sunday Times

"It’s brave for a young artist to settle on a seemingly hard-core programme of solo repertoire, but it’s a measure of Waley-Cohen’s commitment and energy (not to mention prodigious technique) that it succeeds utterly." Classical Music Magazine, June 2015

"The programme provides a fascinating survey of solo violin music of the last 25 years and her playing, often forceful and uncompromising…carries real conviction. The more delicate pieces, for instance the lovely Benjamin ‘Lauer Lied’, are just as persuasive." Gramophone, July 2015

"The opening of the Bartok Sonata is powerful and arresting, and there’s passion and musical imagination throughout, the fiendish multiple stops and alternations between bowed and plucked notes assured in tone and precise in intonation." BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin

Release date:6th Apr 2015
Order code:SIGCD416
Barcode: 635212041628

It?s brave for a young artist to settle on a seemingly hardcore programme of solo repertoire, but it?s a measure of Waley-Cohen?s commitment and energy (not to mention prodigious technique) that it succeeds utterly. Bartók?s Sonata is as fine as any on record, cogent and genuinely moving; Penderecki?s substantial Cadenza proves a gripping ten-minute masterpiece; and miniatures by George Benjamin, Elliott Carter and (especially) György Kurtág are valuable rarities. Recorded sound and presentation are of an equally impressive standard.

Classical Music Magazine

Seventy-seven minutes of unaccompanied violin, and strenuous modern repertory at that, may make this disc a daunting prospect, but Waley-Cohen’s devotion to her cause is palpable, and her interpretative flair likewise. This is a sequence (beginning with Bartok’s full-dress, Bach-inspired Sonata) bursting with vitality; and the choices, all interesting, compose a little map of modernism. Another Hungarian, Kurtag, is represented by six miniatures from Signs, Games and Messages; Britain by George Benjamin’s Three miniatures; Poland by Penderecki’s 10-minute Cadenza; and the USA by the glorious abstract unfolding of two of Elliott Carter’s Four Lauds. 

The Sunday Times, Paul Driver

  1. Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117: I. Tempo di ciaccona – Bela Bartok – 14.12
  2. Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117: II. Fuga. Risoluto, non troppo vivo – Bela Bartok – 5.00
  3. Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117: III. Melodia. Adagio – Bela Bartok – 8.36
  4. Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117: IV. Presto – Bela Bartok – 6.09
  5. Three Miniatures for Solo Violin: I. A Lullaby for Lalit – George Benjamin – 3.52
  6. Three Miniatures for Solo Violin: II. A Canon for Sally – George Benjamin – 2.29
  7. Three Miniatures for Solo Violin: III. Lauer Lied – George Benjamin – 3.16
  8. Cadenza – Krzysztof Penderecki – 10.05
  9. From Four Lauds: I. Statement – Remembering Aaron – Elliott Carter – 4.09
  10. From Four Lauds: III. Rhapsodic Musings (2000) – Elliott Carter – 3.36
  11. Six Miniatures: In Nomine all’ungherese (Damjanich eml?kko) – Gyorgy Kurtag – 5.45
  12. Six Miniatures: Anziksz Kellerannanak (Postcard to Anna Keller) – Gyorgy Kurtag – 0.31
  13. Six Miniatures: Hommage a John Cage – Gyorgy Kurtag – 1.53
  14. Six Miniatures: Thomas Blum in memoriam – Gyorgy Kurtag – 2.38
  15. Six Miniatures: …f?erie d’automne … – Gyorgy Kurtag – 2.56
  16. Six Miniatures: Hommage a JSB – Gyorgy Kurtag – 1.53