JOHN IRELAND (1879-1962): Violin Sonatas No. 1 in D Minor & No. 2 in A Minor, Cello Sonata in G Minor.
Catalogue Number: 09M056
Description: Winner of a Cobbett prize in 1909, the first violin sonata is a work full of youthful melodic invention, varied textures and emotions ranging from poignant and intimate to virile and outgoing. The second sonata (1917) was an astonishing success, catching the mood of the war-worn public with its anxious, troubled first movement, affecting elegiac slow movement and vigorous, almost jocular finale. Dating from 1923 the cello sonata is one of Ireland's most passionate and intensely emotional works, with both personal connotations and associations with the wild pagan landscapes which so affected his soul. Lucy Gould (violin), Alice Neary (cello), Benjamin Frith (piano).