WILLIAM ALWYN (1905-1985): Clarinet Sonata (Robert Plane), Oboe Sonata, Suite for Oboe and Harp (Sarah Francis [oboe], Lucy Wakeford [harp]), Sonatina for Viola and Piano (Sarah Jane Bradley), String Trio (Hermitage String Trio), Conversations for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (Lucy Gould [violin], Plane [clarinet]).
Catalogue Number: 09M072
Description: Much of this repertoire has been out before (mostly on Chandos), but the eight-minute viola sonatina of 1941 is a first recording. The Chandos recordings of the clarinet sonata and suite for oboe and harp are out-of-print and this is the only currently available recording of the 1950 Conversations, the longest work here at 18 minutes, and a delightful, eight-movement work of little descriptive pieces. Sophia Rahman (piano).