So Many Stars: Sonatinas for Violin and Piano | Stone Records 5060192780826

So Many Stars: Sonatinas for Violin and Piano


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Label: Stone Records

Cat No: 5060192780826

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st February 2019



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. The disc also ventures into the twenty-first century, with two exciting new world premieres by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Gordon Crosse, both written for Fenella Humphreys. They are examples of how the more concentrated framework of the sonatina provides ample opportunity for its listener to be taken on a compelling journey.

“Humphreys's utter absorption and delight … shines forth at every turn” - Gramophone

“worth hearing for Fenella Humphreys's violin playing in its own right, which offers an exceptional blend of engaging personality, bombproof tuning, and sophisticated tonal loveliness without a trace of narcissism” - BBC Music

“Nicola Eimer is an outstanding artist” - The Strad

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