Robert Hanson: Thanksgiving Music; Violin Sonata
Playing time: 61'57"
Booklet pages: 8
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Sent to a reviewer on 16 January 2014
Listen: Robert Hanson: Allegro con brio (Violin Sonata) (track 6, 0:00-0:58)
Robert Hanson (born 1948):
Thanksgiving Music (1994)
1 Remember (Christina Rossetti)
2 Weep No More (John Fletcher)
3 In Commendation of Music (William Strode)
4 Heaven-Haven (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
5 Heart's Music (Campian's First Book of Airs)
Sarah Leonard, soprano
Jonathan Powell, piano
Violin Sonata (1987)
6 Allegro con brio
8 Introduction, Passacaglia and Conclusion
Jane Gordon, violin
Jan Rautio, piano
English composer Robert Hanson was on the staff of Dartington College of the Arts from 1974 until 1990, when he was Acting Head of Music. The disc pays tribute to two of his colleagues from that time, Roy Truby and Jack Dobbs. Thanksgiving Music is a response to the death of Truby, setting a variety of texts concerning mourning, loss and transformation. The Violin Sonata was Hanson's gift to Dobbs on the latter's retirement from Dartington, and incorporates references to Dobbs' wide range of musical interests. Both works receive their first recordings on this disc.
Hanson's music draws on many sources while speaking with a highly personal voice. His interest in Webern, Berg and the post-war avant-garde is connected by a lyrical impulse to other English music, and he has evolved his own methods of incorporating tonality and modality into his works.