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'... a splendidly recorded recital of small-scale pieces ...'

Slices - A Cross-Section of Classical Works for Small Ensemble - Burns, Sainsbury, Sundin, Bakker, Beeler, Rusnak and Fletcher. © 2012 Navona Records LLC

Seven composers are featured in what is a splendidly recorded recital of small-scale pieces ranging from Lionel Sainsbury's Soliloquy for solo violin, the most substantial single movement on the disc, to mixed ensembles of four and five players. Sainsbury lives in a quiet village in Oxfordshire UK, a fine pianist and prolific composer whose Cello Concerto has recently been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for the Dutton Epoch label. Soliloquy is energetically played here by Vit Mužík, and is a tour de force in which the violin's natural tonal focus is exploited with an impressive virtuosity, suggesting it to be a piece magnificently suited to any competition for solo violinists./p>

Alan Beeler is an oboe player who retired from his composition teaching at Washington University in 2007, devoting himself now to a wide range of compositional activity...

Copyright © 23 August 2013 Patric Standford,
Suffolk UK




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