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Stylistic Outsiders

An exquisite performance of
Elgar's Violin Sonata -
heard by
ANDREW SCHARTMANN

'... no amount of writing can do justice to the last three tracks on this disc.'

Elgar and Sawyers Violin Sonatas - Steinberg Duo. © 2013 Wyastone Estate Ltd

A new recording by The Steinberg Duo (comprised of pianist Nicholas Burns and violinist Louisa Stonehill) provides an interesting mix. As Burns writes, 'If at first glance the pairing of [Philip] Sawyers with Elgar seems strange, it is worth considering the similar musical environment in which all three works were written.' After all, both composers were stylistic outsiders, each preferring a quasi-tonal language of their own over the avant-garde fashions of their respective eras. In fact, it is perhaps because of this isolated creative existence — one cut off from leading artistic circles — that Sawyers had to wait so long to gain the recognition he deserves...

Copyright © 24 February 2014 Andrew Schartmann,
Connecticut USA

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ELGAR AND SAWYERS VIOLIN SONATAS

EDWARD ELGAR

NIMBUS RECORDS

VIOLIN MUSIC

PIANO MUSIC

CANADA

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