Mathias: Sonata No 1/ Sonatina/ Sonata No 2 (Iwan Llewelyn-Jones/ Sara Trickey) (Naxos: 8.572292)
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William Mathias's eloquent and accessible style comes to the fore in these premiere recordings of his music for violin and piano. His unpublished Violin Sonata (1952) is a highly original and ambitious work from his student days. The First Violin Sonata is a model of clarity and concision, while the Second Violin Sonata, commissioned to celebrate the composer's 50th birthday, is cast in four vividly contrasted - and virtuosic - movements. Sara Trickey, praised by The Strad for her"fiery and passionate" playing, joins Iwan Llewelyn-Jones.
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