JOSEPH HOLBROOKE (1878-1958): Violin Sonata No. 1 "Sonatina", Op. 6a, Violin Concerto "The Grasshopper" (Violin Sonata No. 2), Op. 59, Horn Trio in D, Op. 28, Mezzo-Tints, Op. 55/2: L'Extase.
Catalogue Number: 09N007
Description: As the pianist-notewriter points out, we don't have enough Holbrooke on disc to say what he "sounds like"; there are strong influences of Brahms in his early mature period just after 1900, he was able to write (and wrote a lot of) singable melodies which appear both in his serious and "light" music while a couple of pieces yet to be heard performed have "Oriental" subtitles. You won't often find over eight pages of notes in a Naxos release but you will here, as Stevenson provides biography, contemporary commentary and his own detailed notes on each of the pieces recorded here, all of which are approchable, melodic, sometimes virtuosic and which will eventually help us to say what Joseph Holbrooke sounds like. Kerenza Peacock (violin), Mark Smith (horn), Robert Stevenson (piano).