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Fenella Humphreys & Nicola Eimer: So Many Stars

By Fenella Humphreys

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By Fenella Humphreys and Nicola Eimer. By Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989), William Alwyn (1905-1985), Jean Francaix (1912-1997), Gordon Crosse, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad (1980-). Classical, Chamber Music. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #5060192780826. Published by Naxos (NX.5060192780826).

Item Number: NX.5060192780826

BBC Music Magazine award-winning violinist Fenella Humphreys joins forces with pianist Nicola Eimer in this album 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 recordings. In exploring this genre, Humphreys and Eimer discover some neglected treasures from the twentieth-century Sonatina repertoire, including Jean Francaix'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 album 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.

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