Tasmin Little / Martin Roscoe

Elgar: Violin Sonata; Bax: Violin Sonata No. 2

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Recorded in 1999 and first released on GMN in 2000, Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe's performances of Elgar's E minor Violin Sonata and Bax's D minor Violin Sonata were reissued by Del Segno in 2009, and should be of interest to anyone who reveres these composers. Little and Roscoe have each recorded a huge range of music for a variety of labels, but they have always been most at home in the English repertoire, and this recording shows them at their most characteristic. Little's concentrated tone, focused vibrato, and keen enthusiasm are matched by Roscoe's splendid technique, rich balances, and sympathetic accompaniments, and together they turn in accounts of these works that hold up well against the competition. The Elgar sonata is both warm-hearted and profoundly melancholic, but never slips into nostalgia, while the Bax is strongly argued and fervently passionate, but never hints at sentimentality. Though unremastered, the digital sound is crisp and clean, yet evocative.

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