ROGER SACHEVERELL COKE (1912-1972): Violin Sonata No. 1, CYRIL SCOTT (1879-1970): Viola Sonata, GRANVILLE BANTOCK (1868-1946): Violin Sonata No. 3 in C.
Catalogue Number: 05P011
Label: EM Records
Reference: EMR CD018
Description: The major find here is the intense, passionate sonata by Coke which rides a propulsive undercurrent of energy throughout and in which turbulence finally gives way to dark despair in the fourth and final movement. The work was written during the three darkest years of World War II (1940-42) and Coke struggled with schizophrenia; a pretty unforgettable souvenir of two different types of struggle. Bantock's sonata also comes from 1940 and, although his characteristic opulence and grandiosity has been curbed in his old age, the flow of romantic melody is unabated. Scott, none of whose works sounds like any of the others, wrote his old-age work in 1953; yes, of course it's tonal and melodic but you'll need to understand the nuts and bolts of composition to really get what's going on here. No other recordings of the Coke and the Scott. Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin), Matthew Rickard (piano).