Various: English music for viola and piano – review

Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), Christian Wilson (piano)

No viola jokes, please – this is a seriously good recording. Sarah-Jane Bradley lends her lustrous tone and superb musicianship to works written by English composers all born within a generation of one another – Edgar Bainton, Theodore Holland, York Bowen and Granville Bantock – and each inspired by the great viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis. Bainton's lovely, lyrical 1922 viola sonata gets its first recording here, as does Bowen's brief but heartfelt Piece for Viola. Bradley's gift for a rich, sustained line is best displayed in the Romance of Holland's theatrical Suite in D, while Christian Wilson's alert and sensitive pianism is particularly evident in Bantock's folk-themed Sonata in F. He and Bradley make a terrific partnership.


Stephen Pritchard

The GuardianTramp

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